Dinora Justice, is exhibiting her work at the Dana Hall Art Gallery through March 7.
Dinora Justice is the latest participant in the Scattergood-Moore Artist-in-Residence program, which brings in young, up-and-coming female artists from diverse backgrounds to exhibit and set up studio in the Dana Art Gallery. Past artists-in-residence have created new work in the gallery, engaging current Dana Hall art students to share their ideas, expertise and working methods. They also give gallery talks to visitors.
Justice’s exhibit brings together art that she has produced in the past five years. This grouping provides an overview of her creative process, which centers on a conversation about climate change that expresses itself in different approaches and materials. Justice uses a mix of techniques in her paintings beginning with marbling directly on the surface of the canvas, combined with traditional oil painting. The end result is a style that is collage-like.
“I have been researching and using historical paintings of women by such painters as Ingres, Matisse and Titian, because I am interested in exploring the association of the female form with landscape. ‘Mother Nature’ encompasses the creative power of the female body, and I think that linguistically feminizing the natural environment plays an important role in the problem of climate change as it relates to gender power dynamics,” said Justice. “What I think about when I’m making my paintings is a mixture of celebration of the awesome power of nature embodied in the female form, as well as a deep love of life in all its forms. Ultimately, I think that seeing ourselves as part of the landscape, on an equal footing with everything, connected to everything, is an important paradigm shift that is needed for us to help solve the climate crisis.”
The painted photographs in this exhibition are titled “Strange Stranger,” and they go together with the decorated benches, called “At the Border.” Justice noted that this project is about cultural baggage, journeys, time spent waiting in bureaucratic limbo, and the perception of the refugee or immigrant as a burden. The variations on decorative motifs relate to culture and memory.
The driftwood sculptures are titled “Totems,” which is a project about the loss of something vital, and working through ways in which materials and assembling techniques can express ideas and emotions.
Justice grew up the daughter of an artist and art educator in Brazil, and earned her MFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in 2014. Prior to that, she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. She has been exhibiting professionally for many years, and has won grants and awards including the Saint Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Grant, The Nellie Taft Foundation Award for Painting, the Mass Cultural Council Finalist Award for Painting, and the Oak Spring Garden Foundation Artist-in-Residence Grant, among others. She will have her first solo exhibition of paintings in Boston at Gallery NAGA this March; visitors are welcome to the opening reception on March 1.
Justice works in drawing, painting and installation art, with a concentration on highly patterned surfaces that create images inspired by the figure and nature. She currently lives and works in Newton, Mass. She will be in the Dana Hall Art Gallery and on campus from February 11 to March 7, 2019.
“I hope that the projects in the exhibition generate fruitful conversations and inspiration for the viewers.”
More information about Justice can be found on her website:
For more information about future residencies at the Dana Art Gallery, including how to apply, please contact Gallery Director Michael Frassinelli at: email@example.com.