Viewpoint Gallery is pleased to present the photographs of Dawn Blanchfield in an exhibition called The Price of Enlightenment in the Step Up Gallery at Viewpoint.
Dawn Blanchfield’s The Price of Enlightenment is a series of black-and-white photographs that explores provocative subjects ranging from religious topics to social and political commentary of both the past and present. “I use seemingly innocuous objects, a minimalist composition, and dramatic light and shadow to express specific or abstract ideas.” says Blanchfield. “These images are the result of my internal struggle with religion, science, and mythology; death and spirituality; human nature and inherent evil.”
Blanchfield states that she is not trying to replicate a reality or create an image with obvious literal meaning; instead, she is crafting a narrative to express an idea or pose a question. “What at first may seem a casual photo of dolls and oddities I have collected over the years can reveal more upon deeper reflection and lend itself to multiple interpretations. Working within the limitations of black-and-white film and using these small objects, I was forced to find a new way to communicate ideas. I have always created art to express myself, but with this body of work I feel I have truly found my voice.”
Blanchfield is a photographer, painter, and mixed-media artist who has been creating works of art her entire life. She studied painting under noted abstract impressionist Gerd Koch and photography with Bill Hendricks while living in Ventura, California. After moving to northern California, she has continued her education with workshops and classes in various media, and is currently enrolled in a course of Independent Study in Photography with Professor Randy Snook at Sierra College. Though she continues to work in other media, photography is now Blanchfield’s main focus. Her work has been shown in group, solo, and juried exhibits in Sacramento and Ventura, and is included in Lincoln Public Library’s permanent collection. Her website is www.dawnblanchfield.com.