Lee Dawson is a multidisciplinary, figurative painter interested in archetypes, civic allegory and the history of the painting process. Dawson uses a surrealist approach to represent her exaggerated, distorted and collaged characters. Dawson’s paintings aim to tackle carnivalesque critiques on modern civilization and create fun house psychological narratives. By layering various art materials and techniques, Dawson aims to illustrate the juxtaposition of an ossified art antiquity and contemporary media’s representation in culture.
Dawson uses both historically traditional and nontraditional methods of painting such as Ink, crayon, spray paint, oil paint, graphite, thread, fabric, and acrylic. Dawson’s use of unnatural and unconventional colors and imagery is used to disrupt the ideals of normality and reject the traditional functionality of painting. Dawson blends together subject, material, and color to explore a subversive existence in which dream spaces are parallel to reality. Dawson is fascinated with the themes of social function, contemporary and historical psychology, contextualization, media representation, and popular culture.