IN THE HEARTS OF MEN (STILL)
January 24 through April 27, 2019
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
In The Hearts of Men
“I’m terrified by the moral apathy, the death of the heart, which is happening in my country.”
Waking up to our new reality in November of 2016, I couldn’t shake the thought that I had vastly underestimated the darkness in the hearts of my fellow citizens. Whatever I had been working on in the studio quickly lost significance in my mind and I found myself just wanting to make “portraits” of hearts. Black hearts, pure hearts, complicated hearts, vacuous hearts… all set against a backdrop of the swirling baroque vortex of our increasingly detached experience of reality.
In a context of ostentatious, opulent displays of wealth, domesticity, vulgar tweets, or roiling emotional turmoil, the disembodied hearts vie for their own alt-realities. Mainly screen printed in oil, these works deviate from my usual abstract imagery in their insistent connection to living and dying, co-opting reference images from medical illustration for political ends.
Dorothea Van Camp lives and works in the Fort Point neighborhood of Boston. Recent exhibitions include: HallSpace Drawing Project 2018, HallSpace Gallery, Dorchester, MA, 13 Women, 13 Forest Gallery, Arlington, MA, and Variations on a Screen at the Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA. She was a prizewinner at the PrintMATTERS NEXT2014 juried show at Nicole Longnecker Gallery in June 2014.
Her work has also been included in many print-related exhibits such as: 35th Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibit, Peoria, IL; On the Edge, Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA; Imprint, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH; and Boston Printmakers North American Print Biennial, 808 Gallery, Boston University, Boston, MA.
Van Camp attended Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI where she received a BFA in illustration.