Article from Fosters Daily Democrat

DOVER — The clothes have bright fanciful colors and engaging silhouettes, but they’re arranged in stiff, unyielding poses, and if you look closely, you can make out the anguished faces trapped in the patterns.

Artist Sally Dion works through hurts and regrets in these pieces, each of which is topped by a fabric hat that she calls “helmets of protection.” For the viewer, the result is something that looks whimsical from a distance but is purposefully jarring up close as the disturbingly sad and upset faces printed on the fabrics become clear.

Dion’s artistic form of therapy is on view as part of “What Lies Beneath the Surface,” a joint exhibition with fellow artist Joanne Desmond through Dec. 8 at The Art Center, 1 Washington St.

Desmond’s encaustic and mixed-media creations explore the idiom “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” She prints on scraps of paper and fabric and sometimes adds found objects that she then embeds in layers of wax. There are sewn edges on some scraps and sewn words and phrases on others. Some are connected with delicate threads. Seeing the encased images suspended within semi-transparent layers of wax creates a complexity to Desmond’s work and showcases her intent to find the depth below the surface.

A reception with the artists runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Call 978-6702 for more information.

Taken from the Union Leader

DOVER — The clothes have bright fanciful colors and engaging silhouettes, but they’re arranged in stiff, unyielding poses, and if you look closely, you can make out the anguished faces trapped in the patterns.

Artist Sally Dion works through hurts and regrets in these pieces, each of which is topped by a fabric hat that she calls “helmets of protection.” For the viewer, the result is something that looks whimsical from a distance but is purposefully jarring up close as the disturbingly sad and upset faces printed on the fabrics become clear.

Dion’s artistic form of therapy is on view as part of “What Lies Beneath the Surface,” a joint exhibition with fellow artist Joanne Desmond through Dec. 8 at The Art Center, 1 Washington St.

Desmond’s encaustic and mixed-media creations explore the idiom “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” She prints on scraps of paper and fabric and sometimes adds found objects that she then embeds in layers of wax. There are sewn edges on some scraps and sewn words and phrases on others. Some are connected with delicate threads. Seeing the encased images suspended within semi-transparent layers of wax creates a complexity to Desmond’s work and showcases her intent to find the depth below the surface.

A reception with the artists runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Call 978-6702 for more information.

Artist Statement

As a printmaker and object maker I take natural elements and transform and make them graphically into universal images of themes on living and dying, darkness and light.
A universal tale, simplified in its being not about how I made it but how you see it, an actualized memory.  I invite you to listen to my whispers about thoughts of
loneliness and longing, family circumstances and moments of personal grief. Baring my soul as I should, these familiar narratives are present in us all.

Series started in July/August focused on encouraging women to get out to vote and to become involved in politics whether locally or on larger level.  

"Let Me Speak" is a monoprint with chine colle,