How did your artistic journey start?
Art has always been a huge part of my life since I was a young toddler where I would draw happily on anything paper! Then it really kicked off when I walked away from studying science and politics as it made me happier!
How did you arrive at the theme of your work?
My theme of “what happens after the afterlife where human existence becomes a mere fingerprint” has always resonated with me as a pagan, a spiritualist, a mother and as an individual who has kept links with the natural realm.
Can you walk us through your creative process?
As part of my technique, I work with many different natural elements and hand-crafted items to recreate a world that no one ever acknowledges.
How has your practice changed over time?
No. I have always been interested in the abandoned, forgotten and blurred areas of past, present, and future where not many people delve into especially the more philosophical questions as well as bringing ancient religions like paganism and spiritualism to light.
How do you overcome creative blocks?
I have one painting that I call my “frustration zone” where I literally throw and rapidly paint upon in order to clean my mind.
Who influences you? Which other artists work do you love?
I love the colour theory behind Rembrandt’s paintings – his use of colour theory opens the eyes of creatives which illustrates the artist’s meanings. I also enjoy the work of Caravaggio – his directness of his subjects are very enlightening and shows human nature at its finest.
What advice would you give to artists who are just starting out?
Experiment. Don’t stick to one thing and don’t allow anyone to stop you following your creative journey.
Is there anything else you would like people to know about your work or your experiences as an artist?
All of my work can be seen on my website; www.dawnmclaren.weebly.com I also am available for photography sessions as well as commisions. All my work uses recycled and natural elements.
See Dawn’s work at our current show CURIoS, running at Six Foot Gallery until Tuesday 5th.