Dorothy Imagire, "Our Cosmetic Case", 2002-03, mixed media

Dorothy Imagire, “Our Cosmetic Case”, 2002-03, mixed media

Dorothy Imagire

For this piece, I chose only illustrations of non-white, non-black women on products in our society. These images become complicated for me because at the same time that I try to identify with these images, I resent having to compare myself to them. The compacts demonstrate the comparison made between one’s reflection and the illustration on the mirror. When applying makeup, one has the always-already image in mind that one is striving towards, or the option is not to be the always-already. In either case, we still have to deal with the image. For non-white, non-black women, the range of possible images or illustrations with which to compare ourselves is very narrow, unless you take into consideration news images of Iraq, Iran, and Korea.

Dorothy Imagire received her BFA in Photography from the University of New Hampshire in 1985, and her MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1990. She has had many solo exhibitions, including Mixed-Blood Garments and Books at the Chapel Art Center at Saint Anselm College (Manchester, NH) and We, the Mixed Blood at the University of Rhode Island. In addition, she has appeared in numerous group exhibitions, such as Siona Benjamin & Dorothy Imagire at the Widener Gallery at Trinity College (Hartford, CT), 100 Years of Photography: Personal Visions of the 20th Century at the Discovery Museum (Bridgeport, CT), Fermented, Godzilla, at the Arnold and Sheila Aronsom Galleries at Parsons School of Design (NYC), Picturing Asian America, which appeared at Arlington Museum of Art in Texas, Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh, PA, ands Houston Center for Photography’s FotoFest. She has been included in Lucy Lippard’s The Lure of the Local (The New Press), and has been the recipient of many honors and awards, including the New Forms Regional Initiative Award from the New England Foundation/National Endowment for the Arts in 1991-1992. She has also participated in many residencies, including Surdna Foundation Lecture Series at the Rhode Island School of Design, and Yaddo in Saratoga, NY. Imagire is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. Dorothy Imagire was an artist in resident at CPW in June 2002.