about the art
I have been working with glass for over 25 years. Though the work has evolved over the years the essence of what I’m expressing is more or less the same – an innate curiosity about the human condition. I use landscape motifs along with figurative elements referencing autobiographical fragments of memory to investigate these ideas.
My current research is continuing with the exploration of landscape, both external and internal, including elements of the figure to evoke a mood or an atmosphere. By layering different pieces of painted and sandblasted glass over each other I’m attempting to create new environments - a juxtapositioning of interior and exterior scenarios – to challenge the viewer to question what they see. Using gestural, intuitive mark making I aim to convey some kind of narrative that may be interpreted differently by each viewer.
This new direction allows me to take the glass out of its leaded structure, eschewing the traditional format of a stained glass panel, to allow the image to expand beyond the edges or perimeters of the glass.
Debbie Dawson 2019
about the artist
Debbie Dawson is an artist and educator. She has worked with glass for more 20 years. She was the chairperson of the Glass Society of Ireland from 2011 – 2015. In 2014 she was invited to have a solo exhibition in Shanghai, China where she has established a student exchange programme with the College of Fine Arts at Shanghai University. In 2016 she was selected to take part in the European Glass Context in Denmark. Debbie’s work is in both private and public collections including the National Museum of Ireland.
Disquietude Doswell Gallery, Roscarberry, Cork, Ireland - Solo show of glass works and paintings,
Ireland Glass Biennial, NCAD, Dublin
Residency Revisited, Lavit Gallery
European Glass Context, Bornholm, Denmark
SOLAS GSoI members show, NCAD Gallery, Dublin,
Hunt Museum, Greyfriars, , Wandesford Quay Gallery,
The Work of the Glass maker, Cill Rialaig Arts Centre,
PORTFOLIO @ Solomon - Solomon Fine Art, Dublin
The Cold Light of Day Solo show, Shengling Gallery, Shanghai
Bildwerk Summer Academy Frauenau, Germany
Ongoing: Lecturing in CIT Crawford College of Art & Design on the Contemporary Applied Art course on a part-time basis.
DCCoI External Exhibition Fund
Cork City Council Bursary
Culture Ireland Travel Award
National Museum of Ireland
Cork County Council