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Seth Daulton is a Texan artist who makes prints and drawings. Seth believes in the power of travel and the enjoyment, fear and excitement when one is suddenly immersed in a place that is entirely unknown to them.
In the summer of 2013, Seth made work abroad in Venice, Italy. In addition to his residence in the lagoon city, he explored famous Italian art, artifacts, and architecture across the country. Discoveries uncovered in these locations along with those uncovered in his immediate surroundings and past influence his studio practice. His passion for globe trekking was solidified with a move from a suburban Dallas neighborhood to Aberdeen, Scotland as an adolescent. Seth holds an MFA in Printmaking from Indiana University and BFA in Graphic Design from Baylor University.
Seth is represented by the Nicole Longnecker Gallery in Houston, TX. Additionally, he shows his work on a national and international level. Recent exhibitions include "Teachable Moment" at Stove Works (Chattanooga, TN), "Seth Daulton: Sites Revisited" at Georgetown City Hall (Georgetown, TX), "Seth Daulton: Sites" at Dillon Kyle Architects (Houston, TX), the "SGCI Members Traveling Exhibition", the "37th Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition" (Peoria, IL), "Our Indiana: MFA Selections" (Laramie, WY), "Seth Daulton, Linde Piper, and Harumi Shimazu" (Houston, TX), "PrintMatters Summer Invitational" (Houston, TX), "Edinboro National Printmaking Competition" (Edinboro, PA), "Terra Incognita" (Bloomington, IN), "Premio Acqui International Biennale of Engraving" (Aqui Terme, Itlay), "PrintMakers" in collaboration with PrintAustin 2014 (Georgetown, TX), "23rd Parkside National Print Exhibition" (Parkiside, WS), and the "Pacific States Biennale National Print Exhibition" (Hilo, HI).
Seth is currently working as Technical Assistant and Exhibitions Coordinator at Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX.

Artist Statement

My visual exploration is driven by my phenomenological interaction with travel and the hyper-awareness that occurs when visiting unfamiliar places. I seek out the unanticipated. I create ethereal images that call for an introspective response from the viewer. The artwork serves as a pathway to reach uncharted destinations that defy articulation and are in constant motion. There exists an interstice between our lived experience and memory. My work probes this ambiguous zone and attempts to render its description visually. Ultimately, the destinations I search for are unknowable and just out of reach. However, my artistic search embodies a relevant practice of looking, providing some direction to find their true whereabouts.

My works are initiated from sources recorded in locations I have discovered. I am captivated and inspired by objects, places and things that hold a specific but timeless quality. They can transcend time and idiosyncrasy. I present the viewer with something they may have seen or witnessed in their lives, but through my visual interpretation causes them to experience it differently. Familiarity with the sites that I present is not a requirement of my viewers. However, if the work can feel recognizable to an audience, embodying a lived experience without being experienced firsthand, then it introduces an interesting idea: How can one depict a space that is both familiar, but never known directly?

The challenge of presenting an image of great depth and captivating believability upon an inherently flat plane is fascinating to me. The use of malleable media relates to my conceptual focus of reaching for a space in between experience and memory. There is no direct link to the real spaces that inspire my works or the new places I am presenting, but only materials attempting to describe an ethereal plane that is both fleeting and opulent. How can a viewer enter a surface psychologically and be in the space they are seeing? This is a question I persistently strive to answer. If I can find a way to enchant the viewer, make them wander within the image even for a moment, then I have done my job successfully. My work then rises above its materiality and enters into a deeper realm of experience.
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