Artist StatementMy photographic work breaks the rules of what people expect photographs to be. Pushing the limits of the camera in the landscape spaces where I compose my images, I capture color interactions, texture, the bare artistic elements of form and line, and the ephemeral qualities of light. My work is grouped into series that explore various ways to abstract reality by photographic means. I have used light, motion, context, reflection, transparency, and focus as agents of abstraction. I continue to explore different ways of working with the photographic medium in order to discover the essence of what we see in the world around us. The large size of my printed work, up to four feet by five feet, is not what is expected in photographic work. These are photographs of a different kind: abstracted realities based on artistic elements, informed by quality of light and hues of nature, and printed large enough to transform gallery spaces with their compositions. The interaction of my camera, the world, and me is important. I have spent too much time in the past shut-up in my studio creating artwork in various media. I want to be out in the world discovering new things and seeing new sights in places where I normally would not go, like fish hatcheries, junkyards, and military installations. Wandering the world with my camera is artistically inspiring. After the interaction with the world, I come back to my studio with my discoveries, refreshed and inspired to process and print my found photographic compositions. - Dottie Campbell
I have worked a wide variety of media over my career as a visual artist. Photography has, in one way or another, played an important role in all of my work.
I have created photorealistic paintings at Goucher College, studied color photography with Richard Jaquish at The Maryland Institute College of Art, and referenced photographs to create mixed media drawings that toured Japanese museums.
Decorating functional and decorative fibers with photographic images, I created a line of fine fiber crafts which were selected for the American Craft Council shows in Baltimore, San Francisco, and Newport, Rhode Island.
I have developed a line of anodized metal art jewelry which relied on abstract photographic compositions for color relationships and compositional forms. This jewelry was exhibited in Lyndhurst, New York, Virginia Beach, and Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, as well as many other fine art craft shows.
The abstract photographs captured and used for the creation of jewelry trained me to find abstract compositions everywhere I go. When I returned to making photographs, I began capturing images that were an amalgam of the various art forms I had studied. I approach photography as a multi-media artist. I am infatuated with the possibilities of digital photography and with the affordable technologies that now enable me to create my own photographic prints.
-- The Light Ekphrastic invited me to participate in their collaborative project with LED Baltimore in March and April. The Light Ekphrastic is an online journal that inspires writer/artist collaborations. My work and that of my partner, writer Tracy Dimond, was displayed on LED Baltimore’s ninety-foot digital billboard on Charles Street in Baltimore.
-- One of my photographs was selected for the City Panorama Photo-Mural Project in Seattle, Washington. This project is a partnership between the Photo Center NW and the King County Metro to display large scale photography in public spaces.
-- My photographs were included in three International Juried Exhibitions this year. Dr. Robert M. Mintz, Chief Curator of the The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, curated an exhibition in early summer at the The Art Association of Harrisburg. Kevin Adkins, Creative Director at the Washington Post selected my work for an exhibition organized by the Maryland Federation of Art that was held at the Annapolis Maritime Museum this fall. Most recently, Margaret O’Reilly from the New Jersey State Museum selected my work for the 2015 International Juried Exhibit at the Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster, New Jersey.
Accomplishments of Note
-- An image of a landscape reflected in the shiny metal surface of a car, from my Vehicular Landscapes portfolio, won both the National and International National Geographic Photography Contests.
-- My photographic prints are in the permanent collections of Hilton Worldwide, PNC Bank, and Amazon.com Inc., as well as other corporate collections.
-- New York art critic, Vincent Katz, selected my work for the Critics’ Residency program at Maryland Art Place. The yearlong program included an exhibition, a catalogue with a critical review, and a forum open to the public.
-- Two of my photographs won the silver prize and were published in the April 2014 issue of ArtAscent, an Art and Literature Journal.
-- LensCulture, a global, authoritative, and wide-ranging contemporary photography site, invited me to create a portfolio account.
-- One of my Waterworlds images, Rain Rings, was purchased by Westin Hotels and Resorts for 356 guest rooms of their Arlington, Virginia, hotel.