Doris Larson

About the Artist

Doris Wall Larson is a Saskatoon, Saskatchewan-based artist. She comes originally from Aberdeen, Saskatchewan where she grew up in a Mennonite community. She studied at the University of Wisconsin, the Art Students League in New York City, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia and the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.

Larson is probably best known for her  printmakingA print is a shape or mark made from a block or plate or other object that is covered with wet colour (usually ink) and then pressed onto a flat surface, such as paper or textile. Most prints can be produced over and over again by re-inking the printing block or plate. Printmaking can be done in many ways, including using an engraved block or stone, transfer paper, or a film negative. The making of fine prints is generally included in the graphic arts, while the work of artists whose designs are made to satisfy the needs of more commercial clients are included in graphic design. (Artlex.com)  and wood sculpture, but she is interested in using many materials in her art practice and often combines  foundAn image, material, or object, not originally intended as a work of art, that is obtained, selected, and exhibited by an artist, often without being altered in any way. The cubists, dadaists, and surrealists originated the use of found images / materials / objects. Although it can be either a natural or manufactured image / material / object, the term readymade refers only to those which were manufactured. Also known in the French, objet trouvé. (Artlex.com)  objects, photographs,  paintingWorks of art made with paint on a surface. Often the surface, also called a support, is either a tightly stretched piece of canvas or a panel. How the ground (on which paint is applied) is prepared on the support depends greatly on the type of paint to be used. Paintings are usually intended to be placed in frames, and exhibited on walls, but there have been plenty of exceptions. Also, the act of painting, which may involve a wide range of techniques and materials, along with the artist's other concerns which effect the content of a work. (Artlex.com)  and carving to produce complex sculptural forms. Her works initially appear to speak of the past or a simpler time but on closer inspection we see reference to our ever-expanding world where technology, the media and our actions may lead to an uncertain future.

Doris Wall Larson grew up in an isolated rural community. Although she felt alone in the vast landscape, it was here she learned to get in touch with her inner self. She often tries to access this inner place when she is working in her studio. She will do copious research in an attempt to trick herself into letting go of her ego and intellect and to work honestly from within. Larson recognizes that the world of her youth has greatly changed. She is no longer isolated from world events and as an adult she questions many topics relating to her values, technological advancements, the world and her place within it, and wants viewers of her work to do the same.  By including a variety of references in her artwork, she seeks to challenge viewers to interpret the work from their own points of view and not necessarily as she intended.

An unknown author states about Larson‘s practice, “Doris has been making art in Saskatchewan since 1964. For the past fifteen years she has been making multi-media installations which engaged issues of personal, political, and social importance to her. In this sense, she has been a kind of pioneer; one of the few artist of her generation to make art of this kind in the province, and a forerunner to many of the younger artists in Saskatchewan who are now moving into  installationAn art work specially designed to fit in or to make use of a specific type of space. It usually consists of more than one element and relates to the space in which it is displayed.  work.” (Saskatchewan Arts Board, undated)

Wall Larson developed an allergy to wood and is now concentrating on video production.


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