Jamie Winter Dawson: "I fell in love with communicating ideas and stories through line, color, and shape."

Dust to Dust, Jamie Winter Dawson


Jamie Winter Dawson’s projects employ various modalities such as drawing, painting, sculpture, and installation. Layered with investigative curiosity, her work focuses on the meditation on the spectrum of genesis and decay in the natural world.


In this special interview, Jamie speaks to where her style and approach as an artist comes from. She also discloses what her main artistic challenges are.


Jamie, thank you for exhibiting with Ae! We are so fond of your interdisciplinary work. Where did your background in art begin? I think it began when I was eleven and started taking private drawing lessons from this very strict and wonderful German artist. I fell in love with communicating ideas and stories through line, color, and shape. Even before that, though, my parents would take us kids to ‘the cities’ from our rural little town to visit art museums and galleries. They cultivated an exposure to and appreciation of different artists throughout history. I also remember carrying a set of pencils and drawing paper around with me at a very young age.  


Heavily dominated in your artwork is exploring the cycles of life and death. What drives this area of interest for you? Before I studied fine art at university, I studied genetics and cell development. Having a background in the biological sciences - and being passionate about ecology - I can’t seem to avoid making those connections in the work I make. I get really excited about investigating the natural world and then offering meditations upon it through the projects I make.


Inception Retained, Jamie Winter Dawson


What is the main challenge you face when beginning a new project? Ending the research phase! Each of my projects is catalyzed by a research phase which includes reading various books and articles, sometimes talking to a scientist or ecologist. While I love the studio process, sometimes I’m having so much fun researching my subjects/concepts that it’s difficult to know when to end.


As you move from project to project, how do you keep your creative spark? I work on multiple projects at once; this helps me maintain creative momentum. I have always found that when I show up to the work, I get something done. For me, a consistent studio practice is key.


Are you working on a new project right now? Yes! A series of large, oil paintings and a series of small, modular sculptures.


Collective Depletion, Jamie Winter Dawson


Do you have any exhibitions coming up that we should know about? I am in a group show this month at Rochester Contemporary Art Center in New York. I will also be a part of some international shows later in the year. Info on those will be available in the ‘News’ section of my website.


What do you want your relationship to be with your local arts community? That of partnership, creative and intellectual exchange, and social justice engagement.


Other than art, what else are you passionate about? Trail running, traveling, cooking, gardening, my 3 nephews, all of the amazing artists I get to work with at Interact Center for the Arts where I teach, and being at home with my husband and our cats.


Site Specific Installation, Jamie Winter Dawson


Jamie Winter Dawson recently exhibited in Altered Esthetics group exhibition Fabled Mechanisms. To learn more about Jamie, please follow her website.


Interview written and edited by Jes Reyes.