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Dougherty, Archer

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Awards
Graduate with Honors in Studio Art (Local)
Rachel Allen Printmaking Award (Local)

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Snakes in the Grass




When I was little I had collections of four leaf clovers, cicada wings, flowers – and sported quite a phobia of the dark. Monsters with shark teeth, huge glowing eyes, and claws like tigers whirled through my imagination when the sun set. My drawings always had animals throughout, and people, and sometimes a mixture of the two. Since I was young, and discovered my own relationship with both the dark and light sides of nature, I realized there is a nobility about it, an inevitability, and a pattern that most human beings don’t see – or would rather not. I have a respect for the mysterious, and an appreciation for, before the times of organized religious institutions, the fact that most peoples worshiped the natural world as greater than themselves; with the ability to both destroy as well as create things no human being ever could. My work, I think, reflects that awe-inspired devotion. Not religiously, but spiritually – two inherently separate things. The exact relationship in my work between the human spirit and the natural world is an indiscernible thing. It is an all-encompassing bond, seen throughout my work rather than in each individual piece. I can’t tell you exactly why I painted the girl with a bow in her hair holding a giant goldfish, the animal gasping for breath, she contemplating it with a little furrow to her brows – but I can tell you there is a deep relationship there that deals with life, death, respect, fear, and trust. It is a relationship that goes so far back in time that it seems almost primal. My work comes from somewhere deep, because I don’t know exactly what it means. But I can tell you that because it comes from such a core within me, that I know the relationship isn’t fleeting, or passing; it has withstood the invention of cities, withstood wars, the industrial revolution, the technological and nuclear ages, and the ages of religion and science. The natural world and its bond with us, and our spiritual natures, will always exist – even if we don’t see it. But we can, all of us, still feel it. The monsters still come, sometimes, when I’m dreaming. They no longer frighten me. But they appear in paint a few weeks later.�

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Saint Anatolia's Cross


20 x 16 in.


Oil on Wood



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Portrait of Madame Eostre


24 x 18 in.


Oil on Wood



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Snakes in the Grass


24 x 48 in.



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Memory Garden


36 x 24 in.


Oil on Wood



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Familiar


48 x 37 in.


Oil on Wood



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Escape Plan


36 x 24 in.


Oil on Wood


   
       

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