Week 10: Artist Conversation- Dawn Ertl

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This week I got the chance to meet Dawn Ertl in the Max Gatov East gallery. I was interested in her art show because it looked very interesting and it got my attention. She made her art work with speakers that had songs playing during the show. Dawn made her art work to have the feeling of a lot going on at the same time, like she someone gets overwhelmed walking through the street, which is why she added speakers to add music.

On the other part of her art show, Dawn had weaving coming down from the ceiling which represents the different weather patterns. The reason why Dawn did this art project was because she wants to demonstrate environmental issues through her work. She tried to use colors that went together and used colors that went with weather colors because she was aiming for contrast colors.

Dawn’s art work included plastic bags, some straws and pieces of plastic bottles. Her music notations were based on the song “Wait” by M83 which were added to the art work shown above. Dawn said that because she moves her art pieces in and out of her box, the architecture of it changes as she displays it everytime.

This was the last show of Dawn’s because it was her thesis. Dawn has always been interested in political issues but she has a bigger interest on environmental issues. Her art work was more about our relationship to the environments and how the way we treat each other also affects the environment. It was great getting to meet Dawn and seeing how she supports the environmental issues through her creative art skills.

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