Artist Statement

My writing reflects my experiences with my radical miscarriage, difficult pregnancy, natural home water birth, and exclusive breastfeeding and how this relates to pop culture. I also explore topics of empathy, courage, vulnerability, loss, friendship and building community around these topics. 

The Venus of Willendorf, the first sculpture/piece of art ever created by humans and also predates the concept of "Venus," plays a major role in my watercolors and pen drawings. Is she a fertility goddess? Is she floating in water? Is she an elder? Is she a self portrait? She has influenced my Little Lentil Landscapes, underwater alien other-worlds, My Animal, Grieving, Hairy, Alien Women and Warrior Mothers. 

Bio

Dawn Victoria Mee Wah Stewart-Lookkin is an artist, writer, singer, activist, hapa, crafter and darner. She lives in her childhood neighborhood with her partner, newborn baby and cat. Her original illustrations are featured in the short film "Grandpa's Garlic" by Hye Yun Park. This fall, Dawn and her partner return to Joe's Pub as singers and activists with Rev. Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir. She is a native New Yorker.

DAWN STEWART-LOOKKIN, (b. 1982, USA)

dawn@dslookkin.com | www.dslookkin.com

EDUCATION       

2005

BA in Studio Art, Smith College

2004

Kansai Gaidai University’s Academic Achievement Scholar, Hirakata City, Osaka, Japan

Studied traditional Sumi-e brush painting, ceramics and Japanese.

2001

US Congress-Bundestag Exchange Scholar, Karlsbad, Germany

Studied Art and German.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2005

Senior Art Show, Smith College, Northampton, MA

The Laundry Show, Northampton, MA

1996

Chesapeake Bay Photo Exhibit, Chesapeake, MD

AWARDS       

2001- 2005

Unitarian Universalist Stanfield and D’Orlando Art Scholarship, Northampton, MA

2000

Packer Collegiate Institute’s Art Excellence Award, Brooklyn, NY