In a post-fact environment in which hyperbole and performance are the norm, and perceptions are constantly shifting, our online self-documentation reflects our desires to be seen and validated by others. The creative control of the dissemination of one’s image to a broad audience can be empowering. Yet self-creation is not always an un-troublesome act, and while our online personas are rooted in something real, there is often an underlying anxiety along with the creative control.
“My daughter is in a time of life which is so open to possibility, and her ideas about her identity as separate from her parents is still forming. Identity is complex and multi-faceted, and social media allows us to try out multiple personas. Girls today are aware of it as a power tool and means of self-expression. But, like fashion, which constantly changes, it’s a challenge to stay relevant and fresh. Also, what is the most authentic version of yourself when there are so many? Or is the hybrid nature of identity more relevant today?
I am obsessed with distraction and the commingling of the real and the fake, and I’m interested in the mixed messages of girl power, and the way female strength and empowerment can resemble branding. In a personal way, my work contemplates the current culture, and my daughter’s growing involvement in it.” – Dorothy Netherland
Originally from Alexandria, Virginia, Dorothy Netherland is an artist based in Charleston, South Carolina. Netherland creates mixed-media collages which incorporate layers of photo transfer, screen print, and paint worked over and under Mylar. The imagery created is innovative and makes the artist’s work so memorable.
Netherland has shown extensively throughout the Southeastern United States as well as internationally. In 2011, Netherland received the honor of being named Artist of the Year for the Contemporaries of the Columbia Museum of Art. Netherland’s work was selected for inclusion in the 2013 South Carolina Biennial at the 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, an exhibition overview of the best of South Carolina contemporary art. Her work was also included in two of E. Ashley Rooney’s books, 100 Southern Artists and Artists’ Homes and Studios, from 2012 and 2014.