Friday, May 15, 2015

Jamie Winter Dawson - Drawing - Installation

Untitled 2014
Jamie Winter Dawson

Name: Jamie Winter Dawson 
City/State: Minneapolis, MN
Email: jamiewinterdawson at 


Jamie Winter Dawson’s current work draws upon contending definitions of conservation, myths and stories from archetypal life/death/life cycles, theories on biophilia, and the dystopian narratives of classic and contemporary science fiction writers.The work invites reflections on ownership, notions of power and responsibility, and the mechanisms with which humans perceive their relationship to the natural world. Jamie Winter Dawson studied biology, genetics, and fine art at the University of Minnesota. She has received various residencies, awards, and visiting artist invitations and has shown in a network of art spaces including the Soap Factory, Science Museum of Minnesota, Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Prøve Gallery, Paul Whitney Larson Gallery and Soo Visual Arts Center.

Tell me about your work? What are you currently working on? How is this different from past projects?
I am currently working on some new drawings and site specific installations for the Tuck Under Gallery in south Minneapolis. The show differs from past projects in that I’ve been spending a lot more time sitting with my conceptual research and winnowing down what I want to say in the work to the strongest and most succinct pieces.

How did you decide to become an artist?
I think art decided on me. I began to get the hint as kid, preferring drawing to most other activities. I began to take the hint as a biology and genetics undergrad - I was failing biochem because I kept painting in my basement instead of studying!

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
Never answer the question, “How long did that take you to make?”
It’s often irrelevant and the public rarely understands the answer, whatever the response.

Many artists struggle to find ways to sell their art. How do you sell your work? How do you market yourself?
Selling isn’t a goal that’s frequently on my radar. In my practice I am aiming to show the work to create connections, facilitate relationship, and generate dialogue. If people want to purchase the work, that’s great, but it’s important to my creative process to depend on consistent funding streams elsewhere. In addition to loving it, that’s why I teach.

Who are some of the Minnesota artists you enjoy? 
Harriet Bart
Caroline Kent 

Bridget Riversmith
Kristina Estell 
Nate Young 
Gregory Euclid 
Steve Accola 
Julia Buffalohead 
Mary Bergs
Mara Duva 

If I were to follow you around to see art in Minnesota, which places would we go? What would we see?
What a fabulous question - and a tricky one...
We’d take in a play at Penumbra Theatre, also a performance at Interact Center for the Arts We’d definitely visit the Bindery Projects, Tuck Under Projects, and the new home of Soo Visual Arts

We’d visit Midway Contemporary Art and make sure to spend a few hours in their library, the Bell Museum, the Walker to see the Art at the Center exhibit, then off to visit some friend’s studios to see where the magic happens. I think we’d need the entire weekend!

In addition to, where do you go online for good art resources, whether to find a new artist, or to see what is going on in the art world locally and otherwise?
Honestly, I’m usually asking others this question - I have no consistent way of doing it.

Do you have any exhibits to promote in the near future?

Yes, my work is in the new exhibition at Tuck Under Projects opening next week. Photographer Michael McGraw will be showing, too, and it should be a fabulous show! Check out the details at:

Exhibitions open May 21, 2015, 6-9 pm Shows run May 21-June 21, 2015. Unstructured hours Wednesday-Sunday, and by Appointment.
5120 York Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55410 USA

Image List:
1. untitled, 2014
2. Dust to Dust, 2014
3. Collective Depletion, 2014 

4. Collective Depletion, detail 
5. Inception Retained I, 2014 
6. Inception Retained IV, 2014 
7. Image of artist 

TuckUnder Gallery Profile

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