DOZIER BELL, PAINTER

words + portrait photography MORGAIN BAILEY

Image
Gull Rock, 2020
2.75 x 5.5 inches, charcoal on Mylar
Tuna Boats, Manana, Dusk, 2019
4.5 x 6.5 inches, watercolor
Oculus, Smoke, 2017
31 x 40 inches, acrylic on linen
Ridgeline, 21:00, 2017
25 x 42 inches, acrylic on linen
Western Shore, 2020
4.25 x 4.5 inches, charcoal on Mylar

dozier’s artwork is serious, compelling and minimalist. It refers to large open landscapes or bodies of water, frequently with tilted horizons and the tiny lights of faraway cities glimmering on the horizon. I asked her if I could make a portrait of her because I am drawn to her aesthetic and the tension in her landscapes and the visual narrative of expanse vs. contraction. I work on the spot in an instinctive way, which means that once I arrive at an artist’s studio or home, I choose a location to photograph in, preferably making very few changes to the existing environment. This is in keeping with some the practices of the documentary photographic tradition. Dozier’s studio had beautiful natural light, so I chose to use that. In the making of this portrait of Dozier, I wanted to include some of her colors in the background, so I moved a stool into the light and had her sit with a painting behind her. With Dozier, I chose to work fast and hand-hold the camera because I wanted to minimize my impact in her studio. The cool and serious tones of her work are reflected in the overall aesthetic of this portrait.

dozierbell.com
Represented in Maine by Sarah Bouchard, private art dealer
sarah@sarahbouchard.com

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