Today we’d like to introduce you to Dosshaus, Zoey Taylor and David Connelly.
Dosshaus, Zoey and David, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
We first met, we realized we had a unique and uncanny overlap in the types of things that inspire us, from music and art to film and fashion. We immediately knew we needed to work together on something. We saw it as an experiment; can two artists (a female and a male) from different backgrounds work together to create something that feels like a unified, singular expression? We also wanted that experiment to take many forms and encompass the disciplines of painting, sculpture, fashion, photography, film/video, installation, and performance. When we discovered cardboard, it was a medium that enabled us to do everything we wanted to creatively. We’ve now been working together for nearly seven years.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
We are creating our own universe out of recycled cardboard, which we sculpt, paint, and gather into large installations. We sculpt everyday objects from various periods, things that interest us or excite us for a variety of reasons. Then we paint the sculptures in a monochromatic, sketchy style that gives the viewer the feeling of a drawing sprung forth into three dimensions. When we gather multiple sculptures into an installation, it allows the viewer the sense that they have stepped inside a drawing. Everything we do is about subverting that sense of reality. We also make clothes out of paper and cardboard which we paint in the same style as our sculptures. We wear them in performance within our installations, and also in the photographs and videos we make.
The sterotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
You cannot be a successful artist on your own. You need to foster relationships within the artistic community that will help make your work more visible and support your growth as an artist. Fortunately for us, the artistic community in Los Angeles is very supportive of emerging artists, but it’s very important to push yourself to meet every opportunity as it arises.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
We recently had a solo show at Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles. It was titled PAPER-THIN HOTEL, and in it we turned the 2,000 square foot gallery into a flophouse hotel in which everything, from the elevator doors, beds, and dressers to the ashtrays, matchbooks and room keys, were individual cardboard sculptures.
We also just returned from Italy, where we completed a month-long residency to create a single large sculpture for the 2018 Lucca Biennale. People can support our work by purchasing our sculptures, or by following us on Instagram and Facebook @ledosshaus.
- Website: dosshaus.com
- Instagram: @ledosshaus
- Facebook: @ledosshaus
- Twitter: @ledosshaus