One Drop Video with Escape Ladders
New Orleans, Louisiana
Dawn DeDeaux is a highly regarded artist born and based in New Orleans. Her works from the past 15 years are influenced by cataclysmic events: Hurricane Katrina, the BP Oil Spill, and Louisiana’s vanishing coastline. DeDeaux has been at the forefront of envisioning a post-anthropocene world as part of her decade-long MotherShip series, with selections recently on view at MassMoCA, and her Space Clowns series, featured in Aperture Magazine (October 2020). These works have long addressed scenarios such as the current pandemic and the impact of environmental conditions on habitat and survivor wardrobe. DeDeaux will utilize her Joan Mitchell Center residency to complete works for her upcoming retrospective at New Orleans Museum of Art, opening Fall 2021 and accompanied by a book by publisher Hatje Cantz.
Joan Mitchell Center Residency, 2021
I believe art gives iconic translation to that which is paradoxical and complex. My creative process begins with a commitment to a challenging investigation of a thought—be it philosophical, mythological, or scientific. I then set out to select media and technique to best empower both the journey and destination of that concept or thought.”