My entire practice stems from my fascination with the text + image relationship, as well as the simultaneously freeing and limiting, inescapable gap in language. Humans must approach language as a closed system in order to achieve effective communication, but language has been and will always be an open system through which semiotics, context, and the subjective cause language to shapeshift – however minorly or dramatically. Since the advent of computer-mediated communication, the marked shift in language-use toward immediacy and instant gratification often causes the interstices of a given text to be lost or even ignored. Computer-mediated communication is simultaneously both the theater and death of language; language experiences globalization because of the Internet, but there is always something lost in translation.
Dawn Kramlich, a Texas-born artist and writer, was transplanted to Pennsylvania halfway through her adolescence. She earned her BA degree from Muhlenberg College, with a double major in English and Art, producing the first cross-major creative honors thesis (paintings + poems) in the history of Muhlenberg’s English and Art departments. While at Muhlenberg, Kramlich became a member of the Phi Beta Kappa National Honors Society and graduated magna cum laude with honors. After Muhlenberg, she moved to Philadelphia (where she still lives and works), and received her MFA in Studio Art from Moore College of Art & Design. Kramlich has shown her work widely in the US, and internationally in Ireland. Most notably, she exhibited alongside Jaume Plensa, Jenny Holzer, and Glenn Ligon in Dialogic at Rowan University's gallery, in the 4-person installation-based exhibition entitled PaperScapes at the Philadelphia Art Alliance in 2017, and in the 3-person exhibition Beyond the Screen at the Main Line Art Center. Her artwork has been published in "CODAmagazine" and "THE magazine," and she was recently a finalist for the Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art at the Main Line Art Center.