“The genesis of this chess set started with a show I had at the New Bedford Art Museum in 2016,” Dodson said. “I created five "mermaids" that were inspired by the history of ship prow carvings. But I wanted to do more with this series so I decided to give myself the challenge of making a chess set.” This idea allowed her to build on the concept of sculptures that interact directly with each other, while reflecting on the interactions among species that have nothing to do with us humans.
“The reason we know squid exist is due to the scars on the side of whales,” Dodson said. “This deep sea battle between the squid and the whale gave me the idea of making a team of cephalopods—octopus, squid and cuttlefish—battling against the cetaceans—orca, narwhal and elephant seal.”
Donna Dodson’s sculptures have been shown in nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions, she has received numerous grants, fellowships, and residencies, and her work is in the permanent collections of Provincetown Art Museum, the Art Complex Museum and the Fuller Craft Museum in Massachusetts and the Davistown Museum in Maine. With her husband, the sculptor Andy Moerlein, she is a member of the art collective “The Myth Makers”—but that is a whole other story.
Find out more about Donna Dodson at her website at http://donnadodsonartist.blogspot.com/
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