Charlotte Dumas, Erie, Kolmarden, Sweden, 2005.
Chromogenic color (Type-C) print, 29 x 37 2/5 inches.
Collection Julie Saul Gallery, New York.
Image courtesy of the artist and Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam/Julie Saul Gallery, New York. © Charlotte Dumas.
Source: Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design
A rising international contemporary artist, Dumas recently received widespread acclaim for her photographs of the surviving search and recovery dogs of 9/11. “Dumas’ photographs are intended to provoke a kind of interaction, one that is focused and intense, between her viewers and her subjects,” said Paul Roth, the Corcoran’s senior curator and director of photography and media arts. “Her goal is to engender a visual relationship, so that the portrait makes us more conscious of how we look at animals in our everyday lives.”
Dumas, who travels the world making evocative formal portraits of animals, typically works in series, portraying animals characterized by their utility, social function, or by the way they relate to people. Drawing inspiration from classical portrait painting of the 17th-century Dutch Golden Age to explore the relationship between her subjects and their environment, Dumas often presents her subjects as heroic, engaged in a struggle of sorts against their marginalization or confinement, and against the spatial and psychological encroachment of people.
“The bond between mankind and animals, and the extensive history that it accompanies, is my great interest,” said the artist. “I investigate how we tend to use and regard animals for our own purposes, both literally and symbolically and the characteristics that we like to take to heart from them, and the ones we attribute to them.”
About the artist
Charlotte Dumas was born in Vlaardingen, the Netherlands, in 1977. She graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam in 2000 and continued her education at the Rijksakademie from 2001 to 2002. Her work has been included in many group exhibitions and in solo shows in the Netherlands, Italy, France, and the United States. Dumas has published several books, including "Retrieved" (2011), "Repose" (2010), and "Paradis" (2009), each dedicated to her portrait series. Charlotte Dumas lives and works in both Amsterdam and New York City. She is represented by Julie Saul Gallery in New York and by Galerie Paul Andriesse in Amsterdam.