Images: Danielle Dimston

Danielle Dimston, Cacophony, 2015, watercolor on arches paper, 20 x 16 inches

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Danielle Dimston’s sublime watercolor images have an ethereal, other-worldly quality, as if they were the visual manifestations of a deeply meditative state. In her exhibition at Municipal Bonds, much of the work, spanning the last twelve years, focuses on creating the illusion of light through the manipulation of pigment and the transparency inherent to the medium. For Dimston, light is a compositional element with organic character and volume. “When it transitions, what happens to the edges? Of course, light also means color. But color can overwhelm and obscure. By keeping color to a minimum, I focus on its emotional weight, while eliminating almost all semblance of the objective world. The images, though abstract, evoke a sense of mystery, like a vague memory, or a dream.”

Follow @ddimston on Instagram to see more of her work.

Danielle Dimston, Chromatic Abstraction, No. 3 (Inverted Peak), 2020, watercolor on arches paper, 16 x 20 inches
Danielle Dimston, Achromatic Abstraction, No. 1 (Howl), 2020, watercolor on arches paper, 16 x 20 inches
Danielle Dimston, Plato’s Cave, 2011, watercolor on arches paper, 16 x 20 inches
Danielle Dimston, The Flower and the Butterfly, 2011, watercolor on arches paper, 16 x 20 inches
Danielle Dimston, Cave Shadows, 2011, watercolor on arches paper, 16 x 20 inches

Danielle Dimston: Lightness of Being,” Municipal Bonds, Through January 9, 2021. Municipal Bonds is an online and nomadic space, founded in the Bay Area, California.

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