Art Around Campus: A work by Evelyn Dawson Wynn
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Claire Moryan is a member of the Class of 2012 of Washington and Lee University.This video was created by students during the summer of 2011. It appeared on the University's website during the 2011-2012 academic year.The following statement, by Claire Moryan, accompanied the video on the University's website: Located in the Information Technology Services Department in Tucker Hall, this piece really intrigues me because it is acrylic on plexiglas. While the colors play and move together well across the plexiglas in an all-over composition, what is most interesting to me is the technique Wynn used. For this piece and her other plexiglas pieces, Wynn painted on both sides. On one side is the brightly colored abstract image. On the other side, she traces around that abstract image and paints white paint in the negative spaces, rather than painting over the whole side. By doing this, the painting can be seen from both sides and light can shine through the tiny transparent lines that were left over from Wynn's tracing. This technique has inspired me to try something similar for a part of my art thesis. Evelyn Dawson Wynn was originally a fashion designer in the 1950s and 1960s. During the day, she designed women's high fashion at affordable prices under the label "Suzy Perette." At night, she danced for the Denishawn Dancers. Starting in 1963, she painted "Inscapes," scenes she did not see through her eyes, but through her mind instinctively. According to her husband, Larry Wynn, she had no formal training in designing, dancing or painting. Many pieces painted by Evelyn Dawson Wynn can be seen on campus, all of which were a gift from her husband, composer Larry Wynn '34. More of her acrylic-on-plexiglas pieces are in the Information Technology Services Department and the Career Services office. Oil on canvas pieces are in Leyburn Library and the Tucker Multimedia Center.