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 Dorothy Muriel Gillespie  (1920 - )

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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: two and three-dimensional abstraction, installation

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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 atmosphere."

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.

Sources include:
Charlotte Streifer Rubinstein, American Women Sculptors, p. 469
Art in America, December 2006 (Museum ad)

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