John Dorinsky

Dreamwalk (Raku Relief Print, 9" x 10 ")
Door to the Shadow (Raku Relief Print, 11" x 6 ") Lucid Dream (Raku Relief Print, 10" x 15")

John Dorinsky was born in New Kensington, PA, and attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he received an MA in 1986. He also studied Art History in Italy at the University of Florence. His work has been shown throughout the United States, and in 2003 he received the Abraham C. Frank Memorial Award at the 93rd annual exhibition of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh. His drawings and Raku pieces were included in a 2004 show at the Pittsburgh Society of Contemporary Craft, held in conjunction with an IASD regional conference.

Artist Statement

Raku firing is like trying to capture a dream. The artist must gaze vigilantly through onrushing billows of smoke. He awaits the decisive moment to yank the ware from the blackening shadows. Upon awakening, the dreamer scurries to seize fugitive images with paper and pen before they dart from conscious memory. Dreams and Raku plunge their practitioners into a universe that is accidental, chaotic, unknown and momentary. They emerge from their trials, however, richly rewarded by the surprise and delight of unforeseen revelations.
The sources of my imagery are varied. I have fashioned and assembled an intimate iconography consisting of images gleaned from family photos and scenarios in my dream journals. I combine these images to create narratives that startle, contradict and surprise. They also refer to the archetypal themes described by Carl Jung, such as the Persona, the Shadow, and the Willing Sacrifice. The Unconscious, that vast labyrinth of enigmatic psychological forms, is the all-encompassing subject of my work.

2005 IASD Dream Web Art

22nd Annual Conference for the International Association for the Study of Dreams
June 24 - June 28, 2005
Berkeley, California

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