Anchors in Time: Dominic Di Mare
Dominic Di Mare, one of the Bay Area’s foremost artists in the contemporary craft movement presents selected works completed over the past five decades. Di Mare (1932–) received acclaim for pioneering dimensional weaving in the 1960s, cast paper in the 1970s, and mixed-media sculpture from the 1970s through the 1990s. Among his most alluring sculptures are carved hawthorn branches with delicate feathers, beads, paper, and horsehair. These are simple materials. In Di Mare’s hands, they were transformed into intensely poetic works.
While his mastery of a wide range of media is stunning, it is the continuity of personal references—his very own sea of ideas—that makes Di Mare’s work so compelling and meaningful. Central to his work is a private, sea-borne mythology in which universal symbols, materials, and processes relate to childhood experiences in Monterey, CA, as a son of a Sicilian-American fisherman.
A recipient of the American Craft Council’s Gold Medal (1999), Di Mare was awarded two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1987 and 1981.) His work is represented in significant museum collections, ranging from the Racine Art Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. This handsome book features over 100 color images and contains essays by Signe Mayfield, W. S. Di Piero and Michael W. Monroe.
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