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Daniella Dooling
updated: 05/05/2012
website: www.danielladooling.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Stargazer Two
Stargazer Two (detail)
Stargazer Two (detail)
Stargazer One
Stargazer One (detail)
Stargazer Three
Stargazer Three (detail)
Stargazer Three (detail)
Stargazer Cry
Dark Matter
White Dwarf Stars
White Dwarf Stars (detail)
Stargazer Five
Stargazer 7
Stargazer 8
 
Portfolio Keywords:  conceptual, site-specific, abstract, mapping, gender/sexuality, obsessive, process, systems, futuristic, repetition
 
 
Stargazer Two by Daniella Dooling
Stargazer Two
false eyelashes made from human hair, Maybelline mascara, acrylic gel medium, paper
2009-2010
30" x  44" 
Stargazer Two (detail) by Daniella Dooling
Stargazer Two (detail)
false eyelashes made from human hair, Maybelline mascara, acrylic gel medium, paper
2009-2010
30" x  44" 
Stargazer Two (detail) by Daniella Dooling
Stargazer Two (detail)
false eyelashes made from human hair, Maybelline mascara, acrylic gel medium, paper
2009-2010
30" x  44" 
Stargazer One  by Daniella Dooling
Stargazer One
false eyelashes made from human hair, Maybelline mascara, acrylic gel medium, paper
2009-2010
30 " x  44 " 
Stargazer One (detail) by Daniella Dooling
Stargazer One (detail)
false eyelashes made from human hair, Maybelline mascara, acrylic gel medium, paper
2009-2010
30" x  44" 
Stargazer Three by Daniella Dooling
Stargazer Three
false eyelashes made from human hair, Maybelline mascara, acrylic gel medium, paper
2009-2010
30" x  44" 
Stargazer Three (detail) by Daniella Dooling
Stargazer Three (detail)
false eyelashes made from human hair, Maybelline mascara, acrylic gel medium, paper
2009-2010
30" x  44" 
Stargazer Three (detail) by Daniella Dooling
Stargazer Three (detail)
false eyelashes made from human hair, Maybelline mascara, acrylic gel medium, paper
2009-2010
30" x  44" 
Stargazer Cry by Daniella Dooling
Stargazer Cry
false eyelashes made from human hair, Maybelline mascara, acrylic gel medium, paper
2009
12" x  14.5" 
Dark Matter by Daniella Dooling
Dark Matter
false eyelashes made from human hair, Maybelline mascara, acrylic gel medium, paper
2010
30" x  30" 
White Dwarf Stars by Daniella Dooling
White Dwarf Stars
false eyelashes made from human hair, Maybelline mascara, acrylic gel medium, paper
2010
30 30 " x  30" 
White Dwarf Stars (detail) by Daniella Dooling
White Dwarf Stars (detail)
false eyelashes made from human hair, Maybelline mascara, acrylic gel medium, paper
2010
30" x  30" 
Stargazer Five by Daniella Dooling
Stargazer Five
false eyelashes made from human hair, Maybelline mascara, acrylic gel medium, paper
2010
30 30 " x  44 44 " 
Stargazer 7 by Daniella Dooling
Stargazer 7
false eyelashes made from human hair, acrylic gel medium on paper
2011
12" x  36" 
Stargazer 8 by Daniella Dooling
Stargazer 8
false eyelashes made from human hair, acrylic gel medium on paper
2011
30" x  44" 

Artist Statement

I had a dream, which was not all a dream.

The bright sun was extinguish’d, and the stars

Did wander darkling in the eternal space,

Rayless, and pathless, and the icy earth

Swung blind and blackening in the moonless air;

Morn came, and went – and came, and brought no day,

And men forgot their passions in the dread

Of this their desolation; and all hearts

Were chill’d into a selfish prayer for light

From “Darkness,” Lord Byron

My current series of drawings entitled stargazer is an imagining of stars, constellations and asterisms.  I think of myself as a kind of stargazer through the obsessive and compulsive artistic practice involved in the making of these “astral” drawings and through that process feel connections to the constant gaze of the astronomer or astrologer, the daydreamer, the impractical idealist. The drawings are formed by applying hundreds of false eyelashes made from human hair that are then teased into circular forms of varying sizes through the application of gel medium.  Once attached to the paper, each eyelash is carefully brushed with mascara.  In places the mascara intentionally becomes heavy and very dark, a reference to the way in which mascara smears when one cries or rubs one’s eyes in weariness and frustration.

In related work, I am making eyelash drawings directly on the wall as a large-scale site-specific installation.  In this installation, I use a mechanical pencil to extend each individual lash, creating a dense patterning of lines crisscrossing the wall, somewhat like an enormous astrological chart.

Artist Bio / CV

Daniella Dooling received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 1988 and her MFA in sculpture from Yale University School of Art in 1991.

Solo exhibitions include offworld and The Silver Locusts at Michael Steinberg Fine Arts, New York, N.Y.; Anna Kustera Gallery, New York, N.Y.; Chrysalis/Imaga Ignota at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, N.Y; and Mincher/Wilcox Gallery, San Francisco, CA.  Her work has also been included in numerous group exhibitions, including Bellezza Pericolosa/Dangerous Beauty at PAN/Palazzo delle Arti Napoli, Naples, Italy and The Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY; Space Between the Spokes at KS Art, New York, NY; Pretty Bird (not a love story) at Bellwether Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Uncomfortable Beauty at Jack Tilton/Anna Kustera Gallery, New York, NY; Romper Room at Thread Waxing Space, New York, NY and also Diverse Works in Houston, Texas; Uncommon Threads at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, NY; and Fever, Sweat, The End, and The Reconstruction Biennial all at Exit Art, New York, NY.  She was also included in Way in/Way out, a limited edition print portfolio for Exit Art.

Her work has been written about in Art in America, Review, PAJ, Art Issues, The Village Voice, ArtUS and Johanna Drucker’s, Sweet Dreams: Contemporary Art and Complicity.

Dooling taught sculpture and drawing at Colgate University from 1991 to 2001. She now teaches in Studio Arts at Bard College and also teaches drawing in the Bard Prison Initiative.  She currently lives and works in Tivoli, New York.