• 'Myself is the Same as Yourself' Montgomery College Takoma Park, MD Jan 21 - Feb 28, 2020

    A personal journey through the deep forest is a common metaphor found across cultures and religions. Children’s stories and ancient myths are often anchored by a protagonist finding their way through enchanting woods loaded with magic and mystery - a journey commonly peppered with unexpected twists and turns. These journeys act as opportunities for self-reflection, transformation, and growth.

    Myself is the Same as Yourself is an exhibition that uses video, sound, sculpture, painting, and photography to explore the construct of identity as viewed through an internal, self-reflective prism. Within this lens, each symbolic angle portrays a slightly different variation of the whole. Using elements of self-portraiture, including form, voice, and personal history, connections are made between different internal structures.

    Video of the artist in conversation with herself highlights different parts of the psyche as it navigates the dark forest of the interior. Reoccurring objects, such as trees, ladders, snakes, and oranges, act as symbols along the journey of discovery. These symbols appear as both 2-D painted representations and actual objects throughout the the exhibit, drawing attention to the dissonance between real and unreal.

    A 3-channel sound piece blends the artist’s voice and field recordings collected in a forested nature preserve. Drawing on sound as a point of departure, the viewer is invited to sit and experience the auditory journey, surrounded by sculpture and painting.

    WHERE: Montgomery College, Cafritz Foundation Arts Building - Open Gallery

    WHEN: Jan 21 - Feb 28, 2020


  • 'A house is like a mind that holds everything' opening Saturday October 13, 2018 Arlington Arts Center

    A house is like a mind that holds everything is a 5-channel immersive sound installation that examines the relationship between mental space and reality. In a constructed room that reads as a simple domestic residence, the artist’s voice, reading from various classical texts, emanates from multiple points and moves in and out of audibility. Using sound as form, the artist creates two overlapping experiences of space. If the physical space of the installation provides the experience of entering an individual’s private living environment, the soundscape acts as an entry point into their mental and emotional reality. While the physical environment remains static, the artist invites participants to follow the work’s soundscape through time, moving from uncertainty to clarity. Presenting these two overlapping experiences of reality, Whitmore asks how they shape and form one another, suggesting that our physical environment impacts our mental and emotional understanding, but also that individuals can draw on their own intellectual and personal fantasies in order to shape their experience of the outside world. 

    WHERE: Arlington Arts Center

    WHEN: Opening Saturday October 13 6-9 pm

                Exhibit on view October 13 - December 15, 2018

  • Ecdysis Harmonics opens April 19th at the Micro Gallery

    Press Release
    Metro Micro Gallery
    3409 Wilson Blvd, Arlington VA 22201
    On the corner of Kansas Street and Wilson Blvd.

    Metro Micro Gallery presents:
    Ecdysis Harmonics
    a site-specific installation by
    Dawn Whitmore

    pay it forward curator
    Austin Shull

    April 14, 2018 - May 17, 2018
    Viewable 24/7

    Meet the Artist Event:
    Thursday April 19, 2018
    7pm – 9pm

    Ecdysis Harmonics examines the relationship between symbol and meaning using the
    icon of the snake - a creature both feared and admired throughout mythology and
    religion. A snake sheds regularly throughout it’s life, a process known as ecdysis,
    continuously leaving behind a physical marker of it’s past state of existence. 

    “I am interested in the metaphorical concept of shedding within the emotional and
    psychic realms, and curious to question how these experiences choose to manifest as
    physical markers. Throughout the ages sacred spaces and music have been sought to
    draw one into the depths and mysteries of the interior worlds. In this work I am providing
    the personal physical markers using photographs, sound, thread and
    crystal quartz, to weave together a space that forms a personal yet public vessel to be
    explored and excavated.” - Dawn Whitmore

    Working across media Dawn Whitmore’s site-specific installation integrates
    photography, sculpture, video and sound to deconstruct archetypal symbols and their
    associated meanings. Creating an immersive environment, Whitmore invites the viewer
    to engage in a shared psychological space, a fantasy landscape of crystals, gold leaf,
    shadows and refractions.

  • The Initiation - PREMIERING Saturday November 18th at 4pm Georgetown Waterfront Park


    The Initiation is a sculptural/choral/performance piece that is the first of a long-term four part production. Four singers will perform a 12 minute work that combines voice and glockenspiel keys to delve into a mythical narrative inspired by the underworld. The music will be integrated into a life sized hut-like sculpture comprised of hand-built wooden ladders, positioned on the labyrinth at the Georgetown Waterfront Park (see map below for exact location). 

    The audience is invited to move around the structure and singers during the performance to experience the shifting tonal shapes.

    Story and sculpture are by Dawn Whitmore, with the music by Stephen Gorbos. Performed by Deborah SternbergRachel Evangeline BarhamAllison Clendaniel, and Shauna Kreidler Michels. This project has been generously funded by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities.

    WHERE: Georgetown Waterfront Park in Northwest Washington, DC. The performance will be held at the labyrinth along the river at the bottom of 33rd St NW. Please see map below. 

    TIME: 4pm invitation with performance to start promptly at 4:30pm

    COST: free/no ticket needed


  • Interview out in Of Note Magazine

    I'm very grateful to the amazing Grace Aneiza and Of Note magazine for including an interview about my project Gun Love. The issue is all about women and gun violence. Check it out here.