High Tides @ Hood College
We live in a world filled with constantly changing climates, environmental and social. This year, I completed my first fellowship and began working as an Artist in Residence at Marketview Arts. I work with the public, and students, volunteering and making art while navigating the post-pandemic “apocalyptic” world. I am working in a world that is struggling with civility and beliefs in modern science.
“High Tides” is a narrative body of work based on my life experiences this year, and some imagined dreamscapes. These paintings, linoleum block prints, and collages, are based on pure emotion and abstractions, focusing on the positive in this overwhelmingly negative world. I paint landscapes, people, and animals, and how I view them. My goal is to evoke feelings. I use brilliant colors, found objects, dynamic lines, gold leaf, cut-painted paper, linoleum prints, mica, and acrylic paint. These elements work together to inspire the viewer to see the brilliance still evident in this wild world.
There are stories told between the colors and found objects, personal and complex responses, and interactions with the people that occupy them, all impact my work. Despite the heavy weight of the world I want to create works with a sense of brightness, revitalization, and excitement. Learning to stay afloat and ride the continual waves, in response to rising waters and situations is important. Ultimately, it is about keeping our heads above water, even when the tides are higher than expected. Tides are relatively predictable, but like life, they are, however, only predictions.
Exhibition Review by Anna Martin
Exhibition Review of "High Tides" by Jeannine Dabb.
Written by Anna Martin.
I visited Jeannine Dabb's exhibition entitled "High Tides" on
December 7th, 2022, at 2pm in the Hodson Gallery of the Hood College. This exhibition will run from November 21st, 2022, until January 6th, 2023.
A reception, with an artist talk by Jeannine Dabb, will be held on
December 10th, 2022, from 4pm-6pm.
The exhibition consists of numerous, well-displayed paintings that encompass the idea of revitalization as a part of the artist's life experiences and reflections from this past year.
The works include various aspects of the artistic practices of Dabb such as narrative dreamscapes of collage, gold leaf, print, and paint, paintings of the world, and the found object painting that was a portion of Dabb's education this past year.
The works flow through the gallery as a timeline of Dabb's artistic expression and
exploration. Each work has a bright and dimensional palette that evokes excitement in the viewer. Dabb's representational and abstract works each maintain a sense of a liminal space,
achieved through the careful attention to compositional dynamism and color. The dreamlike quality of the works in the show emphasized the feelings individuals expierenced this year
The title of the show and the colorful nature of the works conveys an
optimism about the experienced societal rejuvenation despite the fear and anxiety that was felt by many. The cheerful optimism of the colors and shimmer of the works contrasts with the real,
complex, and turbulent emotions expressed in the narrative of each piece, resulting in the engaging exhibition. "High Tides" is an exhibition worth seeing.
Jeannine Dabb's Instagram can
be found at: @JDABBARTIST.