QWAC: Queen West Art Crawl | Maggie Dozwell & Michelle Salter

September 18 – 20, 2009 

Exhibiting Artists:

Maggie Dozwell – Retention

Michelle Salter – Refraction: Experiments in Abstract-surrealism

Retention – Artist Statement 

My work is inspired by the tension between past cruelty and the hope of a new future:    past cruelty versus hopeful kindness; past hostility and future hospitality; its paradoxes and its contrasts.  When looking at the past, I travel a spiritual journey where past paths merge together to form the future.  The abstractions of natural forms and the transparent layers are dependent on my lived memory.  While this is a very personal journey the viewer accompanies me by creating a unique individual meaning based on his or her own memory.  As an artist, I employ visual language to awaken interest and inspire my audience to hold sacred the spiritual past in order to create the future.  Each work is a personal rejuvenation of a collection of viewers.    

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