WAOWing the Centennial State / Swepston, Dawn
Women Artists of the West
7/06/2013 - 7/28/2013
Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park

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Swepston, Dawn

Dawn Swepson

Thin Air
Oil on canvas
30" x 24"
$3000.00

I create art with color and drama to engage contemporary generations in thought about the challenges and
conflicts of modern society and traditional Western values. My subject matter points to the decreased availability
of, and access to, natural resources. Rarified skies, pristine landscapes, and dazzling stars are remote to
city dwellers complacent with pollution. I am intrigued by the impact of physical, political and psychological
borders on individuals and society. Cowgirl boots and a playful flash of skin, while superficially sensuous,
point to issuesof racial identity, immigration, women's roles, and changing family structures.

My work explores human perception and our tendency to ascribe personality and disposition to animals,
faceless limbs and inanimate objects. My interest in this anthropomorphization emerged from my
graduate psychology work.