Dana Kotler was born in Odessa, Ukraine, and grew up in Israel, after which she has relocated to New York with her family. She has received her MFA from the New York Academy of Art. Dana instructs a summer study abroad course in Dingle, Ireland, and has taught courses in Boston, MA. Dana has displayed her work in a number of group and solo exhibitions, and is a recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, among others. Currently, she is working out of her studio in San Diego, CA.
My painting is a series of events. Each event is a decision, an occurrence, an accident, or a discovery. There are many things in the world that are beyond my understanding, the gradual assembly of my painting, allows me to have the space and freedom to analyze those aspects of life, translate them into my language and force them to exist. I paint objects from perception. The experience of ‘staring’ is a loose bridge, which serves at once as time spent with an object, while the process of perception itself is what is truly being scrutinized. The objects and surfaces in my work amass into anthropomorphic creatures, some more literal than others, and the spaces they exist within. Paint allows me to discard any worry about spatial logic and physical laws, placing all of those to the service of tackling and asking questions. An image exists and confronts much more tangibly than an idea, and in the process of translation, loses its origin, gains a new meaning, and informs me in return. The work is always a surprise to me, always new, and is not only a side effect of questioning, but rather a companion in the conversation.