American artist Dove Bradshaw (B. 1949) is best known for pioneering the use of indeterminacy in 1969, translating the unforeseeable effects of mother nature into any medium thinkable including sculpture, painting, performance and film.
A graduate from the College of General Studies from the Boston University, Bradshaw holds a BFA from the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts and Tufts University, and has since then developed her practice as an artist in residence abroad.
Erosion, time and weather are recurrent motifs in her œuvre, incorporating them to a series of materials that range between natural, chemical and manufactured. The outcome is no other than chemical paintings that change with different atmospheric conditions, erosion sculptures of salt and crystals that are capable of receiving radio transmissions from short waved weather stations.
This is exemplified in the Contingency Series, a series of two-dimensional work that Bradshaw began in 1984, using only materials reactive to the environment instead of paint. These materials included silver and sulphur as paint/medium and paper, wood and linen as support.
Bradshaw’s work has not been only been a fusion of scientific exploration and art practice, but also, a performance, the ideal medium to bring up social and political aspects like the one behind her Spent Bullet Earrings.
Bradshaw’s work has been internationally acclaimed and has undergone three major solo retrospectives starting in 1998 with Dove Bradshaw 1988–1998 at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), followed by Dove Bradshaw, Formformlessness, 1969–2003 at City University of New York; and Time Matters 1969–2008 at the Pierre Menard Gallery, Cambridge, MA. She is represented in the permanent collections of numerous museums in America and Europe, including one in Russia.
Portrait Image - Dove Bradshaw with some of her works at the opening for the 2011 Elemental Matters exhibit at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia, PA, USA, 4 February 2011.