Dodson has taught photography at Pratt Institute, CUNY Queens
College and AKTO Art & Design (Greece). A published essayist on photography
and culture, she is the New York correspondent for PHOTOgraphos Magazine, a
journal based in Athens. Dodson has exhibited widely in Greece, where she has
been the subject of several one-person shows. Her work is included in numerous
public and private collections.
In her recent photographs Laura Dodson conjures up mutable, romantic
environments by choreographing ephemera reclaimed from toy chests, sidewalks,
waste baskets and dinner table scraps.
Whereas she once captured fleeting moments with her camera, Dodson
now synthesizes her enigmatic narratives in the digital darkroom: "When
you move to the studio from the street, the world in all its unpredictability
is no longer at your disposal and you run the risk of becoming static. You have
to create a tempest in your laboratory. I engage the symbolic language of objects,
movement and shifting spaces, aqueous colors and distorted shapes, always in
the hope that creative control will vie with the thrill of chance.
Dodson's images embrace artifice but are unafraid to explore fraught
and sometimes disturbing emotional states. Christy Papadopoulou notes in The
Athens News that they hook the viewer with their paradoxical marriage
of the beautiful and the macabre. NY-based art critic Mario Naves has
written that Dodson applies a "jeweler's-style attention to detail"
and possesses an "uncanny ability to clarify physical sensation and psychological
Laura Dodson lives and works in Manhattan, and Athens, Greece.
One Person Exhibitions (selected)
Between States Kouros Gallery, New York 2010
Still Creatures: Gallery 7, Athens, Greece 2008
Intimate Planet: Galerie 3, Athens, Greece 2005
"Eye Candy": Galerie 3, Athens, Greece 2002
"Plastic Present": Art Athina, Athens, Greece 2000
"Faces in Squares": Metamorphosis Art Center, Salonica, Greece 1998
"Framing a Man": Mylos Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece 1994