First Hand: Laura Dodson


Laura Dodson, It Was (2016), pigment print, 15 x 15″ image on 17 x 22″ paper; courtesy the artist and Davis Orton Gallery

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Laura Dodson’s photographs, which can be seen at Davis Orton Gallery, have always occupied a curious space between photography and painting. Dodson’s use of digital technology divests photography of its documentary function, imbuing densely layered imagery with a richness and tactility more typical of painting. It Was is, in fact, based on a 17th-century Dutch still-life painting–a fillip that both keys into and elaborates upon Dodson’s love for the meticulous and the symbolic.

© 2019 Mario Naves


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