This 4 day workshop will foster appreciation for the planet, our neighbors, and ourselves through the cultivation and study of charcoal as a drawing material. Participants will harvest, produce, and use vine charcoal and compressed charcoal in exploratory drawing processes. Smaller works on paper will prepare us to produce a cumulative, collaborative, wall-size mural. No single participant will dictate the final image; the residues of our processes will comprise a (temporary) final product.
Originally from Queens, New York, and now based in Baltimore, KYRAE DAWAUN was raised by a matriarch in the 1990s. Dawaun today maintains a practice embellishing quotidian cognizance with expressions of regional, cultural imagery through figuration and abstraction. His approach to his working modalities in painting, sculpture, and installation is influenced by his avid studies, speculation, and experience around architecture, hospitality, and the fluid and fickle nature of language. He has shown widely in the Washington metropolitan area and has been invited to work, reside, and exhibit in Los Angeles, Toronto, and Berlin, as well as Italy. He received the Denbo Fellowship at Pyramid Atlantic in 2016 and the DCCAH Arts and Humanities Fellowship in 2017. He received his MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University and his BFA from the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design.