Round Three
New Member Work

January 4–28, 2007

Opening Reception: 5-8pm
First Thursday, January 4, 2007

PUNCH rings in the New Year by hosting a group exhibition of three of its newest members. This show will present the work of Nathan DiPietro (iconic egg tempera), Patricia Hagen (mixed-media painting), and Natalie Schmidt Dotzauer (reconstructed home salvage).

Nathan DiPietro

Nathan DiPietro’s egg tempera paintings draw from a wide variety of time periods and styles. His current work references iconic egg tempera from the 10th century through the early Renaissance. Size, color and a host of compositional elements combine to form complex metaphors and a symbolic visual language. Barn and Bee is the first in a series of works on salvaged wall panels that discusses a utopian view of American culture and history through a stylized and imagined landscape.

While earning his BFA at Central Washington University, DiPietro taught himself the medium of egg tempera and the art of gilding. Since graduating in 2003 he has continued to expand his knowledge of egg tempera, recently studying with the contemporary tempera painter Koo Schadler and Italian iconographer Father Gianluca Busi. DiPietro lives in Seattle, Washington.

Patricia Hagen

Patricia Hagen’s new body of work continues her exploration of modular growth patterns and inter-related systems which are evident in nature on several different scales. Her visual language discusses questions of life and death without dogmatic associations by looking at cancer cells, bacteria, viruses, bodily organs, plant forms and geologic formations. Hagen is striving for glimpses of the “big picture” by extrapolating from the interaction of the base elements of that “picture”.

Hagen received her MFA from California College of Art in 1994 and relocated to Seattle in 2000.

Natalie Schmidt Dotzauer

Natalie Schmidt Dotzauer builds fragments of domestic dwellings from new and salvaged materials. With these fragments she connects a physical space to an internal dialog using wallpaper as a pictographic narrative. For Schmidt Dotzauer, wallpaper’s decorative balance of color and design becomes a backdrop for her wistful whims and wishes. Her work also considers the evidence of people and their habits. She appropriates both deliberate and incidental patterns of human activity from catalog designs to coffee stains, to chairs rubbing against surfaces. By doing so she feels her works become imagined vestiges that can conger nostalgic feelings, charged memories and latent desires.
Schmidt Dotzauer worked for a salvage company before embarking on a quest for higher learning. She received her MFA at California College of Art and moved to Thorp, Washington where she and her husband are currently restoring a historic building. She was a 2006 Artist Trust GAP award recipient and her work was included in Softly Threatening: Artwork of the Modern Domestic at Bumbershoot 2006.

Hours: Noon-5pm Friday-Sunday, or by appointment.

Next Exhibition:

Justin Gibbens


Barn and Bee by Nathan DiPietro.
2006. Egg tempera on panel. (detail)

Growth by Patricia Hagen.
2006. Oil on acrylic on canvas. 28”x22”

You Didn’t Start Alone by Natalie Schmidt Dotzauer.
2005. Screenprints on drywall. 30”x24”