Dorothea Van Camp
Living and working in the Fort point neighborhood since 1995, Dorothea Van Camp has a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design, and attended the University Of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, graduate studies in printmaking.
She has shown extensively in the northeast, and most recently at Hallspace Gallery, Dorchester, MA, the Nicole Longnecker Gallery, Houston, TX, Montserrat College of Art, Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery, Beverly, MA, and the Space Gallery, Denver, CO.
A review of her latest show Breach by Cate McQuaid of the Boston Globe infers:
“In Dorothea Van Camp’s painting/screenprint hybrids at HallSpace, upholstery and wallpaper patterns heave, twist, and flutter in unnervingly indeterminate spaces. The designs resound with household familiarity, but the way she pushes them insists on tension and change. She evokes rites of passage and the life cycle they usher us through.
These paintings hold a lot; in grief, hope and in hope, grief. The sheer propulsiveness of some of the patterns keeps the works from feeling sodden or sentimental, removing them from placid domestic interiors like the tornado carrying Dorothy off to Oz — while at the same time delivering us into the true, aching drama of life at home.
One plant dies and another flowers. We are wrecked; we are rejuvenated. Life goes on.”
Where the wallpaper patterns become sheer drama, by Cate McQuaid
Art review, The Boston Globe, June 25, 2021