Debbie Dawson creates expressive and experimental pieces in stained glass. She explores social and philosophical constructs of the self and ways of positioning oneself in the world with the intention of posing certain questions to the viewer. Dawson’s practice strives to depict a material realisation of inner dialogue. Autobiographical details are edited and filtered through the creative process, and memory – however faulty or fragmented – is the means by which an understanding of ‘self’ starts to emerge. Images begin to surface in the work, sometimes unbidden, to be investigated or left dormant until needed.
Although stained glass techniques have changed little since medieval times, Dawson’s process aims to free the medium from its ecclesiastical confines and give it a contemporary context through experimentation with painting and etching processes. She uses acid to etch away the surface colour of the glass, revealing another colour underneath and creates layers which enhance the ethereal quality of the image. Her work aims to share intimate feelings with the viewer while remaining ambiguous, charting the terrain of an interior life and imagination.
Dawson studied Painting and Stained Glass at Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork where she now lectures in glass.
Group Exhibitions and Fairs
Illuminate, Kenny Gallery, Galway
Engaging with Glass, Solstice Art Centre, Navan, Meath
Irish Wave 2, National Centre for Performing Arts, Beijing, China
Through the Looking Glass, Cill Rialaig, Kerry
On the Edge, Cheltenham Art Gallery, UK; The Gatehouse, Torquay, UK; National Waterfront Museum, Swansea, Wales; Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Mayo; Triskel Arts Centre, Cork; Garter Lane, Waterford; National Botanic Gardens, Dublin; National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
The Light Fantastic, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny; Coral Springs, Florida, USA; Hollins University, Virginia, USA
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