Dawn's work spans genres and disciplines. Current visual work manipulates various materials, including clay, paper, paint, photographic images, and natural and found materials. She works with these divergent materials in a variety of ways, ranging from traditional handbuilding techniques to the more contemporary dry transfer. Dawn experiments with improvisation and creative response across visual and performance genres. Nature, biology, and their interrelated symmetries inspire her. At times, they illuminate light and dark aspects of humanity and society. Pieces celebrate texture, form, and color, exploring tone.
On the page and stage, Dawn uses word, text, sound, song, and movement to generate poetic moments that distill essence from the human experience. Whether capturing an unseen grace, mixing hope and fear, or finding simplicity in complex issues, her pieces evoke personal and more universal journeys.
Crossing divides, the multiplicity of Dawn's background leads her to juxtapose varying influences. Dark and light. Classical and current. Human-made and natural. She brings a frank, fresh voice to hidden, absent, and challenging topics. With one foot in rural and another in urban America, Dawn intently observes people, nature, and life across the U.S.. Her art gives dignity to the worlds we share and our places of respite.
As an artist-researcher, Dawn infuses creativity into analysis, education, and systemic thinking to help communities across the country improve their capacity to help people.