Rachelle Dowdy faces nature in 'Juggernauts' solo exhibit
March 23, 2011
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March 23, 2011
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On view April 1 through May 22 at the
On April 1,
Dowdy believes humans often view nature as a juggernaut, a destructive force to be controlled, when in actuality we are often the destroyers. She gives physical form to these dualities through sculptures of animals and animal-human hybrids, often mounted to mimic hunters’ trophies. As the daughter of a junkyard owner, she naturally gravitates toward construction materials such as plywood, concrete and nails.
“Rachelle's work is a compelling combination of organic and industrial,” said Chief Curator Julie Decker. “The work is both direct and complex in its relationship with nature and the way it reveals the artist's personal narrative.”
In 2000, Dowdy’s sister, Heather, died in a car crash caused by a drunk driver. It was a transforming experience for her as an artist. She began creating sculptures for a series she calls Baby Ravens, her grief and fear of birds fueling the work.
“I was inspired by these fetal ravens that were just mouth and fuzz, ugly things. They were always screaming,” Dowdy said. “They were self-portraits, a metaphor for how I was feeling.”
Dowdy has created public art for several prominent
Dowdy has a bachelor’s degree in sculpture from the
This exhibition is presented as part of the Patricia B. Wolf Solo Exhibition Series. The