Dorothy Cameron Paris & Alexandrian Inscription
Dorothy Cameron, Paris and other works
Again, very little is known about this artist although research is continuing. What we do know is that Dorothy was born on 15th September 1917 and was active in the 1960s and 1970s when she travelled and lived in France. Dorothy passed away in 2002.
Dorothy's style could be considered post-modern and abstract. Her works, such as those held by the National Gallery of Australia, depict shapes and forms superimposed on each other. Much can be interpreted from these (largely untitled images). For example, images in green and brown depict a large figure outlined on a lighter background with what seems to be two green shapes much like vegetable cells on the figure. Is this a contrast of macro and micro?
The artwork, Paris, in itself seems a little more surreal than the image described above. The work of art is collage like with parts of pictures and imprints in close proximity to each other. There is a hand , a number of leaves, and part of a grid like pattern. To me, the objects being depicted reflect nature and nurture. However, there is no wrong or right way to read this image or get a single meaning. The work 'Paris' is a limited edition print. The example in the University of Canberra's collection is the artist's proof (A/P) and one of 15. Other examples of this print are known in the National Gallery of Australia. The work of art was created in 1976 when Dorothy was located in France.
The second work of art in the Art Collection of the University of Canberra is an interesting work called Alexandrian Inscription. This work, Painted using synthetic polymers on a rough embossed paper, it mimics a Ptolomaic inscription on an ancient wall. the symbols resemble Pheonician rather than Heiratic or Greek. The work seems like ancient graffiti.