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Dawn Roe Documents Airport Transformation

Art alum Dawn Roe is using photography and video to chronicle the expansion at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International.

Excerpt from an article by Andrea Richard in Fort Lauderdale Magazine July 6, 2014.

Dawn Roe's studio, for now, is the baggage claim area inside Terminal 1 at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. She snaps another photo. A passerby stops, and they begin to chat. There's a feeling of performance art in the air. Is she really working or just pretending?

Last year, the Broward Cultural Division commissioned the Orlando-based artist, through its public art and design program, to record the runway and Terminal 4 expansions. According to Leslie Fordham, public art and design program administrator with the division, this was the first time the program had invited an artist to study and document a county project.

Once Roe completes her artistic investigation, the result will include a series of photographs and digital video footage. Shots will include abstract-like forms, aerial views, blurry groundscapes and detailed close-ups of surrounding plants and wetlands. The video footage will feature noisy action scenes of machinery plowing dirt contrasted with peaceful shots of plants bending in the wind. Roe examines temporality, shifts, slices of moments, while challenging the viewer's perception of them in her work.

She has blogged extensively about her experience at "Setting up a studio space of sorts in a public setting is a bit of a daunting task," she wrote at the beginning of the project, "mostly because it's seen as a somewhat questionable endeavor to both the community and the artist."

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Dawn Roe earned a BFA in Art at Marylhurst University. She teaches at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. Her exhibition will be on view in the Lee Wagener Gallery in Terminal 2 of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport through September 2014.

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