"I always search the world for pattern, color, and composition. Different perspectives – the view from an airplane or through a microscope –reveal abstract patterns that are the basis for my visual vocabulary. Technology (airplanes, microscopes, computer-aided design) enables these different views, allowing me to apprehend hidden details, and to shift back and forth between different aspects, the micro, and the macro.
The materials that I use to create bring my work back to a human personal scale. Through many marks and layers; I build my landscapes by hand using processes that are slow and intimate. I engage with the forms I’ve discovered in the world around me, dissolving and reconstituting them with paper, fabric, thread, paints, pencils, and acrylic mediums. I experience these re-imagined landscapes as close-up details and distant topographies simultaneously. I hope that my work invites you to take the time to enjoy these shifting spaces and perspectives."
Sondra Dorn is a studio artist living in Asheville, North Carolina. She received her MFA from the University of Washington in 1996. Following graduate school, Dorn went on to a one-year Artist-in-Residency at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and then a three-year Artist-in-Residency at Penland School of Crafts in Penland, North Carolina. She was also a CORE fellowship student at Penland between the years 1992 through 1994, and also has taught workshops at Penland School of Crafts and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.
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