N. Dash’s work in drawing, painting, and photography is rooted in her ongoing experimentation with materials. Constantly occupying her hands with working small bits of fabric between her fingers, Dash’s intentional process of touch yields artifacts that are the building blocks of her work. When the greyed, fraying fabric is just short of losing its structural integrity, Dash sets it aside and takes up a new piece of fabric to begin the process again. She then photographs these “artifacts”, arranging them individually or in small groups. The resulting silver gelatin prints range in scale and communicate the artifacts’ presence and meaning as manifestations of process, labor, thought, and time—they are the tangible evidence of intangible phenomena. Since her first visit to an adobe building in New Mexico in 2003, Dash has worked with a variation on traditional adobe on jute in her paintings. Also working with indigo and graphite; prepared oil and acrylic paints; canvas and linen, she combines stretched and unstretched elements into carefully constructed compositions that refer to both landscape and architecture. Often large in scale, they offer an immersive experience that suggests a portal to an ephemeral elsewhere.
Creating works across mediums that emphasize the hand-working of materials, N. Dash is best known for her “Commuter” drawings and “Pocket Sculptures”. Dash was born in 1980 in Miami Beach, F.L , and is currently living and working between New York and New Mexico. She received her BA in 2003 from New York University and her MFA in 2010 from Columbia University. Solo and two-person shows include David Adamo, N. Dash, Sommer Contemporary, Tel Aviv, Israel (2012), N. Dash, UNTITLED, New York, NY and William Anastasi / N. Dash, Nicole Klagsbrun, New York, NY. She has been included in numerous group exhibitions including Notations: Contemporary Drawing as Idea and Process, Kemper Art Museum, Washington University, St. Louis, MO (2012), Ghosts Before Breakfast, White Flag Projects, St. Louis, MO (2012) and Everyday Abstract – Abstract Everyday, curated by Matthew Higgs, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY (2012).