The guests have already arrived


DABBS ANDERSON

On view through September 4th, 2016 | Wednesday's 5 - 9 PM & by appointment

The guests have already arrived and they're waiting for you… Norwood, a life-sized sculpture of steel-infrastructure, raw cotton, bubble gum, and almonds, beckons your arrival with caution; one outreached hand tinged red, the other wielding a branch. Enter the Salon and engage in the whimsical narratives of Dabbs Anderson. 

Anderson's drawings and collages are at once endearing and off-putting. In Animal having supper with Sam, the angelic Animal sits next to Sam, pointy nails and fangs implying a menace at odds with his cartoonish lines and eyes towards both self awareness and absurdity. Her works are twee and macabre, as if Tim Burton and Wes Anderson alchemized the decorous sensibilities of a Southern Belle. Pastels and earthen tawny are the color palette for corpse-like figures backdropped against settings reminiscent of the Wild Wild West. 

Ms. Anderson's companions journeyed across the West, collecting folklore and bringing with them a bit of camp and play to the Salon. Her tableaux are suspended in time, a freeze frame emotional response, whose mutable personalities manifest according to the reactions they illicit. Whether atop wooden moulding or lounging in the chairs next to you, they await the viewer's imagination to write the rest of their stories. 

Dabbs Anderson is a multi-disciplined narrative artist. Anderson earned her BFA in printmaking at the University of Mississippi and lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Anderson has exhibited throughout California, Mississippi, Alabama, Colorado, and Tennessee. She has taught art workshops in Jackson Hole, WY, and recently participated in an arts residency at The Steep Rock Artisans Guild in Telluride, CO.