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Meet Dori Atlantis in Sunset Junction

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dori Atlantis.

Dori was born in Los Angeles and grew up in the rural mountains of Central California. She was a founding member of the Feminist Art Program under Judy Chicago at California State University, Fresno. Atlantis received both her BFA and MFA from California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California.

Atlantis works in mixed media paintings, sculpture, photography and installation, often working with natural materials such as wood and adobe. She sometimes collaborates with Karen Frimkess Wolff on large installations.

Atlantis has shown throughout the United States and Europe, and extensively in California.

She taught art to visually impaired adults at the Los Angeles Braille Institute for many years.

Has it been a smooth road?
I was always encouraged to be financially independent by my parents. The challenge for me was how to support myself at something I loved. At one time I had 3 different jobs- two design/ production and one teaching. I found I loved teaching art to adults at the Braille Institute. I took a pay cut to work there full time. My husband & I had to be very thrifty. When we had children, we were able to stagger our work hours to spend more time with them. The life of an artist is full of struggles and compromises, but my husband & I found a way to do our art, work at jobs we loved and spend time together as a family.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Dori Atlantis – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I am a visual artist working in mixed media installation, sculpture, painting and photography. Besides doing my individual artwork, I often collaborate with the artist Karen Frimkess Wolff on large installations.

I aim for layers of meaning in my work while retaining some of the unique characteristics of the material I use. I am addressing both physical and emotional transformation and using opposing natural phenomenon such as wind, stillness, shadow and light.

I strive to make my artwork physically accessible to everyone. My paintings are tactile to be interesting to visually impaired and blind. I describe installations and sculptures on my website to make the work intellectually accessible for blind & deaf/blind.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love the weather. Los Angeles usually has the best weather- low humidity, no frost or fog. I like the small local ethnic restaurants. Every kind of food a person would like is in Los Angeles. I love the diversity of people. I especially love my friends, neighbors & fellow artists. The art community is large and spread out, but inclusive.

I hate the traffic. I hate the road diets that make traveling difficult. Parking is also a pain.

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