David Dotson

Below is the written explanation of the artist’s Sustained Investigation. To view the full images and details of each piece, click/tap on the thumbnail.

How can we represent the harsh reality of questioning your identity and the negativity it can create in your psyche? My sustained investigation sought to answer this question- utilizing visual motifs inspired from horror media in order to represent the internal struggle that occurs when contemplating personal identity. The implementation of motifs such as ghosts, bugs, skulls, blood, and other off putting visuals mirror the negative feelings one might feel when considering things such as sexual identity, gender identity, and religious identity. By experimenting with blending of shades and utilizing the white charcoal to contrast the darker figures- I was able to add a ghostly effect to some of my pieces and create a separation between the reality that exists in the images and the supernatural that emulates inner emotions/feelings. Finally, some pieces from my investigation carry the horror theme, but instead depict the liberation that comes from accepting your identity. The flying woman with the goat, the woman with the pistol, and the figure playing with the moon all demonstrate the liberation of owning your identity and the resulting power that comes with that.

Sustained Investigation

Selected Works