Instructor: Dana Sherwood
August 6 - 9
Monday - Thursday
1 - 4pm
Originating in the Mongol spiritual tradition, and deeply rooted to the natural world, Shamans are people who have the ability to travel between the realms of the seen and the unseen, bringing back information to the world of matter. It is said that artists are the shamans of the modern era, exemplified by Joseph Beuys among others. Artists are obsessed with perfection, and work hard to maintain control over the final outcome of the work. However, grasping too tightly to the idea of perfection can deaden the creative process and the outcome. In this class we will learn to be open to the wildness and the sublime landscape around us to create dynamic paintings that come from embracing the chaos of the natural forces that will bring our work alive. Watercolor is the perfect medium for this endeavor as its natural translucency assures that every mark will be visible, illuminating layer upon layer of its creation and the beauty that comes from being open to the process of painting.
Dana Sherwood is a New York based artist whose work explores contact between human and non-human animals in order to understand culture and behavior. Her sculptures, videos, and watercolors portray ritualized feedings Sherwood creates for animals who live on the frontiers of human civilization. Since receiving a BFA from the University of Maine in 2004 Sherwood has exhibited throughout The Americas and Europe including solo exhibitions at Nagle-Draxler Reiseburogalerie, Denny Gallery and Kepler Art-Conseil Paris. Her work has also been shown at The Fellbach Sculpture Triennial, Kunsthal Aarhus, The Palais des Beaux Arts Paris, Marian Boesky Gallery, Socrates Sculpture Park, Flux Factory, The Biennial of Western New York, Prospect 2: New Orleans, Scotia Bank Nuit Blanche, dOCUMENTA 13, and many other venues worldwide. She currently lives in Washington Heights with her husband and frequent collaborator, Mark Dion.