Dana Hargrove: Iceland Series

April 1, 2022 – May 20, 2022

A Professor of Studio Art at Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida, Dana Hargrove concerns herself with ideas that frame our perceptions of the land and our sense of place and space. In her art, she employs a range of media from photography, collage, sculpture and painting installation, including large-scale site-specific works.

Hargrove’s spatially illusionistic representations offer synthesized versions of the natural landscape, where organic forms are tamed and organized in a way that highlights mankind’s ongoing subordination of nature.

About the Iceland Series

For a month I walked the terrain of a small, remote fjord in Northern Iceland. Underfoot, the track changed swiftly from tarmac to gravel, mossy grass to mud, over sharp rocks up to delicate mountain flowers and cushioning heather. Beyond, the icy skyline constantly shifted through a variety of clean blues; horizontal banding etched across the heights of the surrounding mountains. Below, road, fence and path echoed these natural contours. 

 Work in the studio became infused with this topography. My beating of the tracks, with their constant changes, worked its way into the explorative process of my paintings. The outside expanse, often fettered by man’s imprint, instilled a rhythm of mark-making that, despite the freedom of approach, is mindful of the framing principle of order that reverberates through a journey, no matter how far we travel from civilization.
– Dana Hargrove

The exhibition opening for Iceland Series will take place during the Lightner Museum’s April 1 Community Open House

About the Artist

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Dana Hargrove graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee University, Scotland with a Bachelor of Fine Art with Honors in Painting. She continued her education in the United States with a Master of Fine Art from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Hargrove is a Professor of Studio Art at Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida where she now resides.

Hargrove is represented by the Bridgette Mayer Gallery in Philadelphia and exhibits her work both nationally and internationally. She has received several honors and awards, including the National Young Painters Competition First Place Award, and was a finalist for the 2017 Florida Prize. She has received artist-in-residence fellowships for The Sam and Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts, Hambidge Center for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, CentralTrak, and Greatmore Studios in Cape Town, South Africa.

About Lightner Local

Created to showcase the extraordinary talents of artists who live in the Northeast and Central Florida regions, Lightner Local is supported by the Benjamin and Jean Troemel Arts Foundation.