dawn gettler

tread lightly my dear

about

i didn't know i was looking for you

for the longest time my work has been what i would call a journey to find what was missing. the objects i would make would fill the void for mere moments. the places and spaces would provide some comfort for as long as i stayed in them. i always knew these things i made were temporary and wouldn’t exist forever. i make something to fill a void knowing it would only provide comfort for a short amount of time in what seems like an eternity without it. the time and effort in making these objects, rooms, and spaces seems minimal in comparison to the vast amount of time i spend longing.

i am no longer interested in looking for something or trying to figure out what it is that would provide me with a feeling of contentment and most importantly happiness. i have found it. and now i am afraid of what it’s going to be like when i can’t have it. we are ingrained to want, to desire, to need. i am not so good with or interested in the feelings, physically and mentally, that come with the absence of you.

fatigue has set in.

contact: dawn(at)dawngettler.com

links:

'you just have to show up' updates while in residence

'you just have to show up' updates while in residence

Bemis Residency Program: Omaha, Nebraska

Bemis Residency Program: Omaha, Nebraska

Spiro Arts Residency Program: Park City, Utah

Spiro Arts Residency Program: Park City, Utah

Prairie Center of the Arts Residency: Peoria, IL

Prairie Center of the Arts Residency: Peoria, IL

Women's Studio Workshop: Rosendale, NY

Women's Studio Workshop: Rosendale, NY

artspace Residency Program: Raleigh, North Carolina

artspace Residency Program: Raleigh, North Carolina

KHN Center Residency Program: Nebraska City, NE

KHN Center Residency Program: Nebraska City, NE

Spudnik Press Residency: Chicago, IL

Spudnik Press Residency: Chicago, IL

Ohio University School of Art: Athens, Ohio

Ohio University School of Art: Athens, Ohio

University of Northern Iowa, Department of Art: Cedar Falls, Iowa

University of Northern Iowa, Department of Art: Cedar Falls, Iowa

links: educators and artists

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Jeremy Lundquist
Elissa Cox
Allison Lacher
Sara Stewart
Tatana Kellner
Hongseon Jang
Laurie Frick
Amy Reckley
Shaun Richards
Mayumi Amada
Johnny Damm
Del Harrow
Tannaz Farsi
Jeremy Plunkett
Laura Drapac
Regan Golden
Doug Sink
Cheri Charlton
Christine Gray
Elisabeth S. Clark
Connie Wolfe
Danielle Wyckoff
Katherine Kaminski
Molly Brauhn
Chris Arrecis
Sarah Nesbit