|Flying Over Salt Lakes,|
stitching on cotton with earth ochre, approximately 13" x 16", 2013
|Left: Map Without Words|
9 feet, 4 inches, x 8 feet, 5 inches, Right: Silent Ice/Deep Patience, 23" x 23". both 2013
approximately 24" x 18", wax and silkscreen resist on cotton with stitching, 2011
|wandering time, 2011, detail|
|wandering time, 2011, detail|
|Map Without Words,|
wax and silk screen resist on cotton, stitching, applique, 9'4" x 8'5", 2013
We often meet in the centre in Dorothy Caldwell's world. Four corners, four patch, grids, crosses, grid the large unknown to make sense of it. There is order within chaos here. Human geography.
This body of work is the result of the artist's travels to the Australian Outback and the Canadian Arctic. Interested for decades in how humans mark the land, (previous exhibitions Field Notes (1998) and Ground Cover (2000) this current exploration of wilderness landscapes is a continuation for the artist.
|Map without Words, detail|
|A Red Hill, A Green Hill,|
ink wash, earth ochre on cotton with stitching and applique, 9'4" x 9'8" 2012
|A Red Hill, A Green Hill, detail|
|A Red Hill, A Green Hill , detail|
|How Do We Know When It Is Night? |
wax and silkscreen resist on cotton, stitch and applique, 10 feet by 9 feet 6 inches, 2010
bowls drawn as if with a giant pencil,
duality, in and out
|How Do We Know It' Night? detail|
|How Do We Know It's Night? Detail|
They cause us to think beyond the gallery
about the vastness of nature and how nature has its own system.
The larger seasonal cycles, the many small parts within vastness.
That human marks are revealed by time and accumulation,
then erased by wind, eroded by water, hazed over by weather.
Stain of earth, footprint of man, animal tracks through the forest,
like poetry, these things occur one by one and resonate with personal experiences that don't always have anything to do with land, more with relationships.
wax and silkscreen resist on cotton,stitching, applique, 8'9" x 8'0", 2014
"Maps give a viewpoint of the land filtered through what is important to the mapmaker. I am mapping unfamiliar territory, identifying my personal landmarks through gathering, touching and recording the contents of the landscape. In this way I form a sense of place for myself." Dorothy Caldwell
Other internet sources for this artist:
Ann Jaeger's informative review of Caldwell;s life and work on trout and plaid online journal,
Barbara Lee Smith's curated exhibition catalog Traces ,
as well as Caldwell's own website and the CCCA artist profile .
Caldwell's exhibition was shown at the Idea Exchange in winter 2015 and went on to St Mary's University gallery in Halifax for March and April of the same year. This review by akimbo halifax correspondent Daniel Higham was published april 7 2015. Good to see some writing about this artist. Joe Lewis also wrote a review in Fibre quarterly....have to find that for you and shall insert it here when I do. xx
The Dorothy Caldwell quotes in this post are from her statement found in Barbara Lee Smith's essay in the Traces catalog. All photos are from the exhibition and are by Judy Martin with permission from Dorothy Caldwell.