Donna Dodson

Mother Hen
polychromed wood
20 in. high

My artwork celebrates the mystical relationship between human beings and the animal kingdom. Influences from Egyptian, Native American and Indian art inform the visual language of my work. Wood sculpture is my chosen medium. The natural grain of the wood interacts with the shape and surface of my sculptures in a fluid way. I often stylize each piece within the context of a well-proportioned figurative vocabulary. The mouths, or in some cases beaks, are closed, symbolizing the mysteries they embody.

I use color in both subtle and bold ways to activate each piece. They are created as objects of beauty, and each one invites a tactile experience from the viewer. The creative process that brings me to the completion of each work of art presents tremendous challenges, making my art a lifelong study with lessons for my eyes, hands, mind and spirit.

© Donna Dodson