By Cole Tracy
The Myth Makers, a two-person artistic collaboration between Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein produce sculptures based around the ‘mystical relationship between human beings and the animal kingdom’. These sculptors were first covered in the Andy Moerlein and Donna Dodson: In a Collaborative Spirit headlined article by Elizabeth Michelman in the September/October 2011 issue.
Following this inaugural coverage, they were reviewed for being part of Convergence: The Boston Sculptors Gallery 20th Anniversary Exhibition in the January/February 2013 issue. A large (twenty-five feet) seated bird made of sticks titled ‘Poised’ was shown as well as Dodson’s personal creation: ‘The Tiger Mothers’. These human-esque feminine animals are symbolic for the tribe of motherhood. The Tiger Mothers has recently been loaned to the Sothern New Hampshire University, where they stand proudly in front of the Admissions building in Manchester, NH.
Another piece, ‘Elephant Oracle’ by Dodson has gained equal amounts of attention. It won first prize in Fruitlands Museum’s annual art in Nature Competition. Shortly after it was moved to the Vernon Community Arts Center in Connecticut for one year’s time.
The large bird sculpture, Poised, was sold to a private collector in Kansas City, Missouri after the Convergence show. Though it has been seen on private property, on the corner of Ward Parkway and Huntington Avenue.
‘Seagull Cinderella’, a large female bird created by Dodson is stern and womanly in her brightly colored full-length dress. She was being shown at Milton Academy, but has been moved to a private sculpture park in Bow, New Hampshire temporarily.
Dodson will also be in a Winter Holiday Pop-Up show at the Boston Sculptors Gallery, the opening reception is December 18 6-8 pm. They will be on view for only a week, the show comes down on the 22nd.
Finally Dodson is working with a group of artists from the Boston Sculptors Gallery as well as several Peruvian artists to produce Visions/Visiónes, in Cusco, Peru, in the Qorikancha Museum, Santo Domingo Convent, the museum is built upon the foundation of one of the most significant Incan Temple Sites near Machu Pichu. The show will be open in February 2014. Dodson will be travelling with her colleagues to be an artist in residence at the art school in Cusco in December.