Dieu Donné is a leading non-profit cultural institution dedicated to serving established and emerging artists through the collaborative creation of contemporary art using the process of hand papermaking. The organization was founded in 1976 by Susan Gosin and Bruce Wineberg to explore the untapped potential of hand papermaking as an art medium. We introduce artists from a wide variety of practices to the creative possibilities in hand papermaking, fostering experimentation and creating innovative works of art. Our work is realized through extensive collaborations with artists. We offer residency programs through our Workspace, Lab Grant, Community, and West Bay Fellowship as well as seasonal classes.
Guyana-born Carl E. Hazlewood, a 2018 Workspace Resident at Dieu Donné, has had solo exhibitions recently at June Kelly Gallery, NY (2020); Ortega y Gasset Projects, NY (2019); Grotto Gallery of The Dora Maar House, Ménerbes, France, and The NARS Foundation, NY (both 2018). Collections include The Francis Greenberger Collection, NY; The Ogden Museum, Louisiana; Museu Brasileiro da Escultura, São Paulo, Brazil; and The Schomburg Center Collections, NY.
The work featured for E/AB is from a series about survival against a background of constant struggle. Seventy-five Igbo people, in 1803, survived the trip across the Atlantic and a successful slave ship rebellion in the US, only to commit mass suicide in Glynn County, Georgia. Hazlewood is not interested in the documentary facts of the story—from his view it has always been a ‘sink or swim’ situation—but the Igbo determination to live or die free on their own terms. His abstract approach reduces form to a suggestive fluidity, with a few hard-edged or dissolving shapes—swimmers, divers, floaters, sinkers, etc.—suspended within the pictorial field.
Jessie Henson was a 2019 Community Studio Fellow at Dieu Donné. In her work, Henson employs notions of labor and time as centrally important to her artmaking, looking for ways that repetitive actions of daily life might accrue, build meaning, and even refigure the ‘background.’ The resulting sculptural and rendered forms often resemble environments, maps, landscapes, and scientific diagrams of the natural world. Merging the vernaculars of drawing, sculpture, and tapestry, she blurs the boundaries between these worlds, as well as pushes material elements to the threshold of disintegration under the force of their own making. Henson’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, with shows in New York, Los Angeles, Mexico City and Berlin. Select residencies include Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, the Windgate Fellowship at Urban Glass, the Laundromat Project, and the Bronx Museum of Art.
Tricia Wright was a 2018 Workspace Resident at Dieu Donné. In 2019 she completed a permanent public art commission for MTA Arts & Design at Crestwood Railway Station, NY. Recent exhibitions have been at BRIC (Brooklyn), Pen + Brush (NYC), NYC Langone Art Gallery, Lehman College Art Gallery (Bronx), and HK Art (NYC). In 2019 she was also an Artist in Residence at Vermont Studio Center. Her Workspace Residency at Dieu Donné, spread throughout 2018, focused on themes of cultural inheritance in works that reference ancient and classical narratives and consider their longevity in modern culture.
Little Liar is a series of works in handmade pigmented paper, which has been embossed to a bas relief and hand gilded. The embossed areas were created using custom-made 3-D forms generated from the artist’s drawings of artworks by Rubens, Ingres, Bernini, and Disney Studios.