Dhew’s atmospheric compositions, currently on exhibition in the Hunterdon Art Museum’s River Gallery, explore the turbulent interplay of sky, earth and wind. By using various gradations of gray to black, she creates compelling environments that are both reflective and ominous. The show, titled “Torrent,”
“I don’t want this to sound baroque, but I suppose it is, in the literal sense, that art can communicate spiritual themes in direct and emotional involvement,”
There’s a beauty and the beast quality to storms, Dhew notes. “It’
The storms portrayed in her drawings are metaphors for personal trials and tribulations, conveying an intensity of emotion like rage, the unknown, tumult and politics. Dhew said, “When I say ‘politics,’
Dhew said immediacy of applying elemental materials to complex concepts like climate is what initially attracted her to using charcoal and paper. “It’s that odd juxtaposition that irony takes place where charcoal and paper are gathered from trees which are so representative of a nature that is being impacted. I like the challenge of creating light out of the dark. The tonal qualities of different kinds of charcoal are phenomenal.”
Dhew was born and raised in England. A graduate of The Royal College of Art in London with an MA in painting, she has taught at universities in New Zealand, Borneo and the United States. Her work is included in collections as diverse as that of the author Kazuo Ishiguru and MTV Europe.
“When I was invited to have an exhibition at the Hunterdon Art Museum I felt so excited,” Dhew said. “I have followed the Museum’s program for many years now and have a great deal of respect for it. Its history of presenting a diverse group of artists is commendable, and I felt honored to be included in that lineage.”
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