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
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’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
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”