Dawn Reeves Elliott
I am a collector at heart, who loves to tinker with much of what I find. In the past, I’ve worked with silver, batik, and mosaics, but my most recent endeavors were inspired by my travels deep into Mexico. I love the soulfulness of the people I’ve met, the depth of their spirituality, and the richness of their traditions. I’ve gathered inspiration from intimately taking part in celebrations such as Dia de los Muertos, holy week, and the fiesta of San Miguel Archangel.
My recent work with altar boxes, or shrines, started with a workshop given by a very hip Hispanic priest at a friend’s studio. As an avid collector of Mexican folk art, I realized that some of what I had already gathered fit nicely into my designs. I started looking at “junk” differently, and more and more, I saw creative potential and symbolism in very unusual objects.
I delight in working with my hands and the on-going attempt to create something unique and intriguing from seemingly unrelated parts. I enjoy hunting for, fabricating, altering, and combining just the right elements to evoke a sense of connection and inspiration for those who care to ponder.
- ARTS PRESCOTT CO-OP GALLERY GUEST ARTIST SHOWS 2007, 2008
- PRESCOTT GRASSROOTS ANNUAL FINE ARTS SHOW 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010,12011
- SOROPTIMISTS DIA DE LOS MUERTOS SHOWS 2007, 2008, 2009
- LOS TRES AMIGOS SHOW, NEWMAN GALLERY 2009
- GIRLS INC. SHOW, SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO 2011, 2012
- MOUNTAIN ARTISTS’ GUILD STUDIO TOUR 2011