My work is influenced by the Latin American Spiritual art and iconic images. Having lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico for almost ten years and traveling in Mexico several times has been my greatest inspiration. Recently, I have been exploring the idea of the inner workings of the mind and dreamscapes. I use whatever medium that will satisfy to expose my idea. The "gray Matter" is the newest in the series of this exploration of our "states of mind'. I chose to use heads (faces) as they are very compelling symbols. Throughout history, different groups have "defaced" or beheaded works of art for political or cultural reasons. This reveals how powerful putting a face on an idea can be. Each of the heads represents a state of mind. In particular the interaction of the subconscious and the conscious mind. Each piece in this series is an "Encounter" with inner workings of the mind. The paintings and sculptures are meant to be icons of an archetypal world within our minds. I believe this is the conduit which connects us all on a intuitive level, regardless of ones culture, language or history.
"Dohanos’ ceramic art work is both functional and decorative, capable of indoor or outdoor use. She has designed an incredible array of stoneware lanterns, which represent mosques, castles and fantasy buildings. These works have been collectively displayed at several galleries as “City of Lights”. Ms. Dohanos also creates imaginative sculptures, relief tiles, plaques and plates based on mythical themes. Her techniques include Raku firing, underglazing, and enamel painting, with the majority of her assemblages being hand built or wheel thrown. She is currently doing a series of paintings with oil on a variety of mediums, including masonite boards, canvas and ceramics. Most of her works are intuitive in nature, as she explores and researches a number of themes, such as the Holy Grail, ancient cultures and textile design. She studied Fine Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and at Southern Connecticut State University, as well as apprenticing with professional potters.
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