Dorothea Rockburne born 1932 Canadian Dancer/ Chorographers, Painters
Dorothea Rockburne came to prominence in the late 1960s with Minimalist- inflected works pitched somewhere between paintings and sculpture employing raw materials such as sheet metal, chipboard, and crude oil. In a recent interview, Rockburne (American, born Canada, 1932) described her art- making in this way: "Throughout my life I have been able to see in my mind's eye the painting I want to paint and the path I need to take to get there." Classical Beau-arts training in her native Montreal, combined with four year in the early 1950's at the legendary Black Mountain College, including seminal studies in topology with mathematician Max Dehn, shaped a lifelong commitment to exploration and innovation. From an early minimalist vocabulary, Rockburne expanded the discourse to include investigations of, among other themes, the Golden Section, the solar system, and the writings of Pascal- all seamlessly joined in an ongoing synthesis of rigorous intellect and pursuit.