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Dee Shapiro

Dee Shapiro

Long Island, NY
BIO
Born in Brooklyn and currently living and working on Long Island, Dee began exhibiting work in the 1970’s at the first women’s cooperative gallery on Long Island. In 2000 she took notice of the geometry of familiar places walking the city and traveling to the country and abroad and painted small horizontal cities and landscapes. Her recent works consist of patterns: patterns in nature, craft and work associated with women. The addition of collages is seen in most current work.
You’ll love Dee if you: Like to imagine the city in a whimsical geometrical vision.
As in a dream of alternative realities, absurd connections, or on a trip passing familiar landscapes in unfamiliar settings, new conscious and unconscious associations are brought to a 2-dimensional surface in my work. In the recent pieces, geometry (seen even in the structure of organic forms) directs composition: arbitrary drops of color undermine control and create shapes that succumb to the overwork of drawings, rendering obsessive intricacies and paint application building the forms. Collage material adds extraneous influences in a subtle blend painted repeats. In the beginning was pattern. First the Fibonacci progression color coded on graph paper, followed by a series of work that included architectural elements off the grid. With all the work, always color, a nod to the Albers studies. A redirection to small horizontal paintings of the geometry in cities and landscapes ensued for a number of years. Missing the early fascination and engagement with pattern led to more recent work exploring evocative biological and organic forms, the evolution of which is the more recent work as well as borrowing from sources that include other artist's work in a collaborative effort. Another direction talks me to appropriate iconic paintings of women by well-known artists in the past and to rework those images in pattern with paint, ink and mixed media. Always a continuum in my current practice is the exploration of pattern wherever it appears in other sources and cultures as well as imagined and combined. In this newest body of work, I am unflinchingly forging ahead to newly wrought terrain with the underlying echoes of the beginnings.
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