Palm Beach Gardens, FL, United States
About Dolores Kiriacon
Since early childhood Dolores was always interested in art. Her journey has taken many turns, from a fine artist producing a body of work consisting of etchings and sculptures, to her working studio destroyed in a fire, to designing and building custom homes and now a fine art photographer.
Dolores graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design, NYC, and an Associate Degree in Illustration from Pratt Institute, NYC. While at Pratt in addition to illustration she concentrated on printmaking. She later studied advanced printmaking at the National Academy of Design, NYC. She studied with two world-renowned artists. Sean Scully, abstract painter, who was her Senior Year painting instructor at Parsons and George Nama, printmaker and sculptor at Pratt and the National Academy of Design. Both of these instructors taught her how to see things differently. Her work consisted of paintings, drawings, etchings and sculptures. She created a body of work consisting of a series of etchings called "Constructions," and small bronze sculptures that related to the etchings. She sold her artwork and had exhibitions in Manhattan, East Hampton, Bridgehampton and Connecticut of her etchings and bronze sculptures.
Living in New York City and East Hampton, NY she had a working studio in both. In East Hampton her studio had all the necessary equipment for painting and printmaking. She had her own printing presses and printed editions of all her etchings. Unfortunately there was a severe fire in her house and studio and she lost most of her work and equipment. She sold and rebuilt the house and went into designing and building houses for ten years in East Hampton, NYC and Florida.
In 1995 she and her husband moved to Florida. She was a docent at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach for ten years where her fine art education was further enriched by giving hundreds of tours to children and adults. While at the Norton she became very knowledgeable and interested in photography.
After leaving the Norton, photography seemed a natural progression for her. She studied photography with Raymond Gehman, National Geographic Photographer at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre in West Palm Beach, FL. This opened up an entirely new platform for her fine art background. Taking photos and editing them was like painting, etching and sculpture, but only in a different medium. Technology took the place of oils, watercolors, ink, crayons, pencils, paper and etching, etc.
She now uses photography as a source of ideas and a tool to create, transforming images into a new force of energy, movement and mystery allowing the viewer to appreciate them in a new and different way.
My photographs are portraits/still lifes of nature's forms, from flowers, dried leaves, twigs, to the bark of trees in their various stages of growth and natural decline.
The Lily Portfolio is a series of lily portraits that celebrate the life cycle of a plant's life from its beginning bloom to its final stage of being wilted. I took hundreds of photographs of the lilies in all their stages of growth during a period of months. They bloom each day, wilt fairly quickly and become wilted. When selecting and editing the lilies I begin by isolating the lily eliminating all unnecessary elements. This leaves a beautiful flower with all its details isolated in a black background. Unlike the blooming and wilting lilies, the wilted lilies took on a new shape of their own as I created negative and positive space around them, looking more like a piece of sculpture in its final stage of life.
I discovered a dried orchid that had fallen from its stem creating a new shape, color and dryness, very different when in full bloom. This same occurrence takes place with flowers, leaves, twigs, branches, and the bark of trees.
I have become a collector of nature's forms that have fallen to the ground and dried. Though I have no immediate plan when they are collected, I place them on sheets of white paper to be later assembled and photographed. These collections are photographed indoors, placed on a reflective surface using natural light. I create still life compositions recomposing them many times until a relationship of shapes, colors, lines, and spaces, pleases my eye and the lighting is right. I manipulate the compositions of forms to create unique and interesting shapes of movement, color and texture, so that the viewer's attention is drawn to the similarities or differences between the various elements. When these photographs are edited with today's technology, the colors, shapes and textures become vibrant. The reflective surface created another compositional element making the images mysterious as to where they were.
What I am trying to do with these natural forms that I collect is to show their beauty in a new and different way. They created a new life of their own through the lens of my camera. The camera brings out qualities that one cannot see with the naked eye when they are on the ground. I am not interested in taking an exact representation, but more of an artistic impression and interpretation that I want to convey when one looks at the final images. They created a beauty, although different, as when they were in full bloom that was equal to their original beginning, allowing the viewer to appreciate them in a new and different way. It's about seeing things - seeing things like they have not been seen before. My work reflects the way I see and feel about these natural forms that arouse my curiosity and imagination. I am always looking for that “special something” in an image to entice the viewer’s imagination.
My photographs are printed on archival smooth cotton paper which absorbs the inks and brings out the rich deep colors looking more like fine art prints than glossy photographs. They are signed, numbered and printed in limited editions.
The Cultural Council Of Palm Beach County, Lake Worth, FL - Fine Art Photographic Prints
Lily Portfolio & Dried Leaves - Oct. 18 - Nov. 15, 2014
Juried Online Exhibitions
Exhibeo - Art-Competition-Magazine
Summer Palette - August 2015 Top Tier Award - Flamboyant 3
Rebirth and Renewal - June 2015 Top Tier Award - Dried Same Leaves
Memory - April 2015 Top Tier Award - Dried Philodendron Leaf
Time and Seasons - March 2015 2nd Place Winner - Dried Leaves
Interview with Jonathan Raddatz
Exhibitions Without Walls - International Competition- for Photographers and Digital Artists
Patterns Created or Observed - August 4, 2105
3rd Place Winner - Curling Leaves and Award of Excellence - Curving Leaves
Linus Galleries - Art Competition-Long Beach/Pasadena, Calif.
Still Life Juried Exhibition - online video August, 2015 - One of 20 artists accepted - 2 photographs
Chromatic Juried Exhibition - online video July, 2015 - One of 26 artists accepted - 3 photographs
Works will be for sale at the gallery - Contact Linus Galleries
Manhattan Arts International - Art Competition
"Hot Topics" - Bold Expressions in Nature & Human Nature
August17 - October 15, 2015 - Award of Merit - Flamboyant 1
"The Healing Power of Art" - April 30-June 30, 2015, One of 43 finalists Won a Manhattan Arts International Artist Showcase Award, 3 Lily photographs
The Artist Showcase Award will be on their website for one year.
Art-Competition.net - International Fine Art Competition
Gallery G25N & Art-Competition.net -Semi-Annual Open II - Sept. 2015 - One of 10 artists –
3 photographs selected
Gallery G25N & Art-Competition.net - Pets We Love- online video July 2015- One of 11 artists -3 photographs selected
Still Life II -July 2015 - Honorable Mention - Palm Frond, Pod, Leaf
Emotion & Energy of Color II - April 2015 - Honorable Mention - Dried Similar Leaves
Black & White Photography - February 2015 - Honorable Mention - Wilted Lily III
Light Space & Time Art Gallery
In 9 online competitions, 11 various Honorable Mention, Special Recognition and Special Merit Awards 2014-2015
The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals
"Contributing Photographer, Foundation for Photo Art" - Sea Shells, Photograph will be on their site for one year from April 2015 - 2016
This photograph was framed in Italy and is hanging in the Careggi Hospital in Florence, Italy
The Naples Art Association at The Von Liebig Art Center, Naples, FL
National Art Encounter Competition 2015- March 15 to April 18, 2015
Wilting Lily - Exhibition Juror and Awards Judge, Dr. Carol Damian, Florida International University Professor, Art Scholar and Past Director of the Patricia & Philip Frost Art Museum
Lighthouse Art Center Museum, Tequesta, FL, Jan. 15 to March 7, 2015 Contempo 2015-pushing the limit on art - Wilting Lily -Awards Judge, Elayne Mordes, White Space Gallery
Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Hobe Sound, FL, Elsa Kimbell Enviornmental Ed. and Research Center - March-April 2014 - Floral Fusion - Orchid Photographs - Awards Judge, Greg Allikas
See.Me - SeeMe Exhibition Space at Art Takes Miami Exhibition Dec. 2014 - SCOPE Art Booth - photograph in special digial exhibition on Dec. 7 of all Art Takes Miami entrants.
Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, Lake Worth, FL,
May 16 - August 29, 2015 Cultural Council Biennial, 2015 - Wilting Lily-Juror, Elisabeth Sobieski
Palm Beach Photographic Centre, West Palm Beach, FL,
19th Annual Members' Juried Exhibition 2015 - Wilting Lily II - Juror, Scott McKiernan
18th Annual Members' Juried Exhibition 2014 - Wilting Lily I - Juror, Vincent Versace
17th Annual Members’Juried Exhibition 2013 - Ficus Magnofilia - Juror, Raymond Gehman
City of West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Photographic Centre's - Third Annual Grassy Waters Preserve 2013 Photography Contest – Honorable Mention -Grassy Waters Restoration Area - Awards Judge, Steven Nestler
See.Me - The Exposure Award 2015 - Photography - The Exposure Award Books - The Microphotography Collection- hardcover book - Blooming Lily, one of 135 artists selected
Exhibeo Art Competition Magazine- Time and Seasons - 2nd Place Winner, Dried Leaves -Interview with Jonathan Raddatz, Editor, Art Critic & Juror - Dolores Kiriacon: Pretty Dead Things-March 2015
Women in Art 278 Magazine - Jan.-March 2015
Women in Art 278 Magazine - Oct.-Dec. 2014
Embler Art Gallery - The Club Collection - Summer 2014 - Catalog of fine art featured inside the American Airlines Admirals Club lounges -New York, Miami, Sao Paulo
This series of lily portraits celebrate the life cycle of a plant’s life from its beginning bloom to its final stage of being wilted. I took hundreds of photographs of the lilies in all their stages of growth during a period of months. They bloom each day, wilt fairly quickly, and become wilted.
When editing and selecting the lilies I begin by isolating the lily eliminating all unnecessary elements. This leaves a beautiful flower with all its details isolated in a black background. The wilted lilies took on a new shape of their own as I created negative and positive space around them, looking more like a piece of sculpture in its final stage of life.
When these photographs are edited with today's technology, the colors, shapes and textures become vibrant, allowing the viewer to appreciate them in a new and different way.
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