My work is concerned with the associations that occur when we encounter sites or scenes that reference our experience of space and place. The poignancy of present moments is fleeting, and the resonance of immediate experience fades quickly. This recognition leads me to question how particular types of imagery prompt sensations from our past and conjure speculation of our futures. Influenced by the phenomenological distinctions between the still and moving image, my recent projects include single and multi-channel video works that slowly reveal the evocative charge of sites that are at once recognizable and foreign.
The two-channel piece, I-55 Back/Forth was created for a site-specific installation at Violet Poe Projects in Bloomington, Illinois. The content references my 3+ year commute between Bloomington-Normal and Chicago, Illinois along Interstate 55. The work’s form is influenced by Michael Snow’s structuralist films Back and Forth and Wavelength.
Dawn Roe (MFA, Illinois State University, BFA, Marylhurst University) divides her time between Asheville, North Carolina and Winter Park, Florida where she serves as Assistant Professor of Art at Rollins College. Her studio practice involves the singular and combined use of still photographs and digital video and is concerned with themes of perception, time and memory.
Dawn’s recently completed project, Goldfields, was exhibited as a triple-screen installation at Screen Space, Melbourne, VIC, Australia (2012) and will travel to White Box at The University of Oregon, Portland, OR (2013). A multi-media exhibition of this work is scheduled for The Clara M. Eagle Gallery at Murray State University, Murray, KY (2013). Additional solo and two-person exhibitions include This Is Nowhere, Orange Coast College Photography Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA (2011), The Tree Alone, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL (2010), and Dawn Roe and Catharine Stebbins, Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, OR (2009). Recent group exhibitions include Orison for the Forest, Best Friends Gallery, Arlington Heights, IL, Too Close To Home, Coop Gallery, Asheville, NC, (2012), Darkness on the Edge of Town, Beam Contemporary, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, Transplanted, Launch Projects, Toronto, ON, Canada (2011), and HyperReal World: Landscape as Commodity, Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL (2010).
Dawn has received funding for her work from The United Arts of Central Florida, The Associated Colleges of the South/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and The Society for Photographic Education. Her work and writing has been featured in many print and on-line publications including SHOTS, Fraction Magazine, Urbanautica and fototazo.
Dawn Roe – Winter Park Florida