Sculptor Dale Dunning considers his contemporary sculptures to be “objects of reflection and contemplation.” The Canadian artist uses the image of a human head as a metaphor for our collective experience.This remarkable haunting piece was created from repurposed metal type, fused into the shape of a mask, cast in aluminum and polished to a high sheen. The name ‘palimpsest’ is a term used to describe writing material (such as parchment) which is reused after original writing has been erased. As traces of the original writing still remain, Dunning’s work tells a story about time and history. Edition 5 of 7.
“I use the head as a container to suggest what’s percolating underneath.” Dale Dunning
He holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. While earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Mt. Alison University, Dunning studied under Lawren P. Harris (son of Group of Seven member Lawren S. Harris) and George Tiessen. Dunning has exhibited across Canada and his work is held in private, corporate and public collections including the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, McIntosh Gallery at Western University, Carleton University Art Collection, and the National Library of Canada.