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Roz Dimon is a painter, interfaith minister, and digital arts innovator. She grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, studied in Italy while a fine arts student at the University of Georgia’s Lamar Dodd School of Art, and moved to New York City in the early 80s. Influenced by the technical pulse of the city, she began working and training in digital media. Dimon was invited to teach some of the earliest pioneering courses in digital art as a Visiting Professor at Pratt Manhattan and Associate Professor of Computer Art at Marymount Manhattan College in New York. In the 1990s, she led new media initiatives for corporations at the World Trade Center while exhibiting her art from Soho to Japan. She also curated a block-buster digital media show "code' for Ricco/Maresca Gallery and was featured in Forbes Magazine with David Hockney. Her artwork has been exhibited in major traditional and new media art venues, and written about in publications such as Leonardo, Forbes Magazine, and the MIT Press. Post 9/11, studies in medieval iconography inspired her to create art that communicates more deeply with others. This led her to create DIMONscapes—digital artworks that invite the viewer into their creation. These works are in various collections, including the Children's Museum of the East End, Shelter Island Historical Society’s Havens House, Christ Church Sag Harbor, and the 9/11 Memorial Museum. The Lincoln portraits are Dimon's latest series —various interpretations of Alexander Gardner's 1863 photo of America's 16th president. She drew all 19 works (natural, and digital media) as a response to the political tumult in the U.S. Capitol between December 2020 – February 2021. Dimon is a member of the Carter Burden Gallery in New York City and lives with her husband James Dawson on Shelter Island
During the period beginning December 2020 and extending through the 2021 inauguration, I pondered what I might do as an artist to bring comfort, hope, and thoughtfulness to the ongoing political climate of intolerance and hatred. I happened upon a Wikipedia photo (public domain) of Abraham Lincoln and fell in love with a face full of vision, suffering, steadfastness . . . a face offering multiple interpretations simultaneously . . . One that looked almost like a civil war battlefield itself. That was the beginning of my LINCOLN series . . . about 18 of them, mostly black and white drawings, except for the final BLUE . . . Drawn the night before the 2021 inauguration, Lincoln's bow tie has gone blue - his whole visage in blue tones. These works are drawn in various media from pencil to charcoal to my digital pen. The inclusion of digital media brings the man to our age, and our age to the man in a way that speaks distinctly to this time.
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