September 14- October 27, 2018
First Thursday Artist Reception
October 4, 2018
Artist Talk & Performance:
Cuéntame una historia
Wednesday, October 17th
(talk starts at approximately 6:30pm)
Friday & Saturday, 12-5pm,
First Thursday Art Walks: 5-9pm
and by appointment.
Dobler's La Cocina is a large woven installation featuring a kitchen, along with audio interviews based on the politics of food and identity. Women from different economic , social classes, races and ages speak about how food has shaped their perception of their own identities.
Priscilla Dobler is an interdisciplinary artist, born in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico and raised in Tacoma, Washington by an immigrant mother, her artistic process comes from self-investigation, how identity is constructed in a globalized society and how architectural spaces represents gender roles and cultural structures. She is interested in developing her own unique artistic interpretation of her cultural identity through weaving, woodworking, audio, video and performances.
Her work has been exhibited at DAC Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Williamsburg Art and Historical Society, Brooklyn, NY; Columbia City Gallery, Seattle, WA; Currents New Media, Santa Fe, NM; Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA; Gallery 110, Seattle, WA; Soil Gallery, Seattle, WA; Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA; Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY, Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY, Catalyst Gallery, Beacon, NY, Masters On Main St, Catskill, NY; Cumulus Nimbus Collective at Chashama Gallery, New York, NY; Issues Project Room, Brooklyn, NY and Collaborative Concepts, Saunders Farm, Garrison, NY.
In addition, she was a 2014 recipient of Grants for Artist Projects from the Artist Trust, 2015 Bailey Award, 2016 Edwin T. Pratt Scholarship and in 2017 awarded an Tacoma Artist Initiative Program Grant. In 2016 she completed two successful artist residencies at Marfa Contemporary Residency, Marfa, Texas and at Arquetopia Ceramic Residency in Puebla, Mexico. She received her MFA in Sculpture from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2013.
As a visual artist born in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico and raised in Tacoma, Washington by my immigrant mother, I hone the artistic process through self-investigation. I focus on how identity is constructed in a globalized society and how architectural spaces represent gender roles and cultural structures. I reconstruct objects using symbolic representations from the different cultures, which comprise my identity. These objects represent my familial environment, childhood memories, and collaborations with family members. Historical objects are stripped down to their fundamentals to reinterpret their meaning through new methods of construction. My Scottish grandma Ruby Black always spoke of the importance of knowing one’s ancestors and the origins of one’s family name. Ruby came from a lineage of blacksmiths; my mother came from a lineage of hammock weavers. Inspired by the link between my family’s history and Mayan hammocks, I incorporate their strong structure and craftsmanship when choosing materials or colors. By focusing on history, the critique of identity and the structures of power my aim is to develop a unique interpretation of my cultural identity through weaving, woodworking, paintings, audio and video interviews.
METHOD is fiscally sponsored by Shunpike! Shunpike is the 501(c)(3) non-profit agency that provides independent arts groups in Washington State with the services, resources, and opportunities they need to forge their own paths in sustainable success.