his sculpture Leonard Dawson explores the use of common everyday
objects. His work demonstrates how when taken out of their normal
context they can become objects of controversy. He views these objects
as a direct response to the symbolism in our lives. He also explores
the meaning of gender and language through his work. "Both
social and psychological experiences of gender are rooted in the
interpretation of these objects. The symbols we deal with most frequently
are words. I am concerned with symbols as they occur in art, but
most concerned with the symbols, which result from the description
that words provide."
Leonard Dawson Jr. received a Masters of Fine Arts in Sculpture
from Arizona State University and a Masters in Art Education from
the University of Illinois-Champaign. He served in the U.S. Army,
as illustrator for the Commander in Chief, United States Southern
Command, in Panama. He has exhibited extensively in Arizona, where
he resides, throughout the United States and in Washington D.C.
at International Visions, The Gallery.
"Over the years, many
people have come in and out of my life, each having different influences.
However in recent years these experiences I have had now lead me
to contend the importance of relationships each having a significant
impact on my way of thinking. I have come to the conclusion that
people share, regardless of color, culture, or class, similar beliefs
-Leonard Dawson Jr. 2002