I first discovered Dolan Gieman’s work at the Artisphere in Greenville SC, oh how I love ( and miss) that show!
Dolan’s is a self described “contemporary art with a southern twist”.
His website says that “His Chicago studio has come to resemble a life-size cabinet of Southern curiosities, not too dissimilar from the abandoned homesteads of his native Virginia where he has collected, or rescued, many treasures. Scraps from old textbooks and nature magazines, handwritten civil war love letters, metal ornaments, wooden nickels and other discarded ephemera find their way into his work; each item stirs nostalgia for a not-too-distant, more rural time and place Geiman identifies as home.”.
I so dig anything resembling Mexican sugar skulls! So these new collage portraits are beautiful.