Dorothea Van Camp has a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design, and attended the University Of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, graduate studies in printmaking.
She has shown extensively in the northeast, and most recently at Hallspace Gallery, Dorchester, MA,
13 Forest Gallery, Arlington, MA, the Nicole Longnecker Gallery, Houston, TX, Montserrat College of Art, Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery, Beverly, MA, and the Space Gallery, Denver, CO. Her works on paper are available at Oehme Graphics, Steamboat Springs, CO.
“In Dorothea Van Camp’s painting/screenprint hybrids at HallSpace, upholstery and wallpaper patterns heave, twist, and flutter in unnervingly indeterminate spaces. The designs resound with household familiarity, but the way she pushes them insists on tension and change. She evokes rites of passage and the life cycle they usher us through.
These paintings hold a lot; in grief, hope and in hope, grief. The sheer propulsiveness of some of the patterns keeps the works from feeling sodden or sentimental, removing them from placid domestic interiors like the tornado carrying Dorothy off to Oz — while at the same time delivering us into the true, aching drama of life at home.
One plant dies and another flowers. We are wrecked; we are rejuvenated. Life goes on.”
Where the wallpaper patterns become sheer drama
by Cate McQuaid
Art review, The Boston Globe, June 25, 2021
Van Camp’s work is included in numerous collections, including; State Street Bank, Federal Reserve Bank, Bank of America, Wellesley College, and Mellon Bank.