About the Book
By Indirection... is a book of dream impelled art works created over the first months of 2014. Dorothy Nissen automatic process, embedding found papers, texts and spontaneously meaningful events or images in a matrix of collaged fragments. These pieces evoke memories or feelings of union and distance. Since early on my work has been about the separation and magnetic field between Self and Other.
I grew up in a suburban house on an antediluvian riverbed near the orange groves at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountains in Southern California. Lulled to sleep by crickets on summer nights, I woke early to nearly touch the blue mountains filling my window. One day backpacking I knew that I had to draw the mountains showing the evolutionary striation of the rocks. Later I felt some sense of wholeness drawing the moving figure of a friend dancing around the pool. After MA in Claremont went to NYC with award from Brooklyn Museum School. Mid-60s delirium and working in inner city schools in East Harlem and East New York, Brooklyn. Marriage to a life of love and nightmare… Returned together to CA 1971, lived in the Castro for 20 years, moved to Berkeley in 1994 living happily ever after.