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|From Roanoke, Virginia, Dorothy Gillespie creates installations of two
and three dimensional work---paintings, collages, murals and sculpture
with many of them "polycolored spirals of mylar, aluminum and steel
that spring off walls and unfurl down staircases, creating a festival
Her education includes the Maryland Institute of Art, the Art Students League and Atelier 17 of Stanley Hayter.
In 1946, she married, and traveled extensively around the world due to
her husband's engineering profession. She raised a family but
continued her artwork, and increasingly experimented with abstraction
and the combining of painting and sculpture. She sometimes hangs
paintings together or back to back or fastens them together to make
cubes. In the mid 1960s, in her work including collages, she
became one of the first to use mylar, a flexible space-age material.
Dorothy Gillespie has also been active in the women's art movement,
which in turn, empowered her to become more experimental. In 1974
in both New York City and Washington DC, she exhibited "room-sized
environments of unfurling rolls of white paper, embellished with
brilliantly colored designs---red, purple, blue, green."
In 2006, the Boca Raton Museum of Art held a solo exhibition featuring
Gillespie's work, with an installation being suspended over the
entrance to the sculpture garden.
Charlotte Streifer Rubinstein, American Women Sculptors, p. 469
Art in America, December 2006 (Museum ad)
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