Natalie Schmidt Dotzauer
Damask! Fleur-de-lis! Antlers?! Perhaps you’ve noticed the emergent wallpaper trend in local design. Perhaps you’ve gazed at one of the “sexy” versions, drunkenly trying to figure out if you’re really looking at that. Sober eyes will also ask that of Dotzauer’s designs, which she calls “found images turned to punch lines.” She repeats and patterns “little dramas” to produce beautiful backdrops for daily life, placing them within a specific history. For one show, “Discourse on Courses,” she telegraphed memories of Jell-O molds and meatloaf into a subliminally delicious and symbolically adventurous visual feast.