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Rock Paper Scissors

Works by JoAnne Dumas

Curated By Beth Giacummo

The Memorial Gallery at Farmingdale Sate College presents Rock Paper Scissors, a solo exhibition of digital photography and mixed media assemblages by artist JoAnne Dumas.Enduring Ripples #5, 2013

Captivated by the phantasmagoric qualities of water and its transformative dynamism , Dumas created Rock Paper Scissors featuring works that explore the translucency, sparkle, reflection, pattern, form, and,the defining effects left behind in sand and stone.

Dumas first takes photographs of her original imagery and manipulates them by using techniques such as relief, collage, translucent, matte, reflective or metallic substrates, diamond dust, and lighting. Her choice of materials and dimensions for a piece often vary as much as the idiosyncratic waters she finds so intriguing.

Living in New York City or on the East End of Long Island her entire life, Dumas has been surrounded by water. Over time she has developed an ongoing fascination with its ever-changing aura. The ocean, bays, lakes, and streams exude a broad spectrum of states ranging from calm and gentle to turbulent and powerful. From the sound of crashing ocean waves to the trickle of a stream, the scent of ocean salt to fragrant bay grasses, the crisp winter winds to the warm ocean breezes, all add to the rich visual images utilized in her work.

About The Artist JoAnne Dumas

JoAnne Dumas is a native of New York City who now lives and works on Long Island. She received her bachelor and master degrees from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, after which she also studied at the School of Visual Arts, Parsons School of Design, and the International Center of Photography.
Her artwork has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States. She has been the recipient of several New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) grants, and has participated in several international artist residencies and symposiums. Dumas teaches visual arts at SUNY Suffolk County Community College. Her artwork is currently on display at the Sirens' Song Gallery in Greenport, NY alongside Anneli Arms, Alison Perry, and Caroline Waloski. For more information on JoAnne Dumas and her artwork visit her website:

Memorial Gallery
The Memorial Gallery's mission is to serve as a vital teaching instrument and visual resource that enriches campus cultural life as well as that of the surrounding community. This is to be accomplished through the exhibition of imagery related to the communication arts, which represent a wide range of media, cultures, and time periods.
The Memorial Gallery is located in Hale Hall, on the campus of Farmingdale State College – State University of New York – 2350 Broadhollow Road (Route. 110).
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