Matthew Dols, “Sentimentalist #2” from the series “SentimentalistI”, 2011, digital print, 23×16″

Matthew Dols

The people in my life are an amalgamation of every experience that I have ever had. Expectations and dreams influence how I engage with any moment in time. Childhood experiences, sense recognition, and expectations influence how I engage and view people I meet. (For instance, when I was young my mother wore the perfume Chanel No.5 when she dressed up for formal occasions, and so now whenever I smell Chanel No.5, I think of formal events and elegance.) This imagery takes the myriad of experiences and expectations and blends all of them together. A single image is created by layering hundreds of images of a single person in order to create a ‘sense’ of that person, and how they are in my life. Some of the images end up being representational, while others become more ethereal, which is illustrative of how I perceive all the people in my life.

Matthew Dols received his BFA in Photography from the Corcoran School of Art in 1998 and his MFA in New Genre Art from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2001. His selected solo exhibitions include Tyler Gallery (Alexandria, VA), Simmons Wright Art Gallery, and Claude Howell Gallery (both in Wilmington, NC). His work has been shown in group exhibitions at the Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins, CO), the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), and Hochschule der Kunste (Berlin, Germany), among others. Dols’ work is in the permanent collections of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Estate of Walter Hopps, and the the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Dols’ photographs have appeared in several publications, including American Style Magazine, Southern Living Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, US News and World Reports, Billboard Magazine, and The Washington Post Magazine.

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