‘The Dolphin’ by Deirdre Sullivan-Beeman
Artist: Deirdre Sullivan-Beeman
Title: ‘The Dolphin’
Medium: Oil and egg tempera on linen panel
Dimensions: 8″ x 6″
Year of Creation: 2022
About the Artwork:
“Our heroine dangles her feet in the water, embodying her connection with her femininity and her subconscious. She cradles a dolphin gently. A powerful and wise ocean creature is completely at peace in her arms.
The dolphin represents intelligence, guidance, freedom, teamwork, and joy. Her maternal strength and the infant within her are both activated. Her infant Id energy is connected to the psychic, primitive, and instinctual capabilities she has been endowed with since birth. Though she is just now learning of them, these powers will never leave her.” – Deirdre Sullivan-Beeman
About the Artist:
Deirdre Sullivan-Beeman is a surrealist artist who devises works of magical, feminist realism that aim to glow from within. Sullivan-Beeman creates a palimpsest that employs the imposed history and lore of the girl in empowering femininity. Her girls ﬁnd their strength in a multitude of potentialities, sexualities, and charismas. Sullivan- Beeman views these girls as powerful and wise. The narratives, iconography, and simulacra in her otherworldly works emerge from someplace subliminal. She often uses her dream journal as inspiration, exploring Jung’s collective unconscious with an overt curiosity for the bizarre and esoteric such as alchemy, the tarot, and animal guides.
Sullivan-Beeman lives and works in Los Angeles, CA and Vancouver, Canada. While she has a BFA in Cinema from the University of Southern California, she is a self-taught artist. Her work has been in notable galleries and museums such as Haven Gallery in Northport, NY; Stephen Romano Gallery in Brooklyn, NY; Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco, CA: The Belskie Museum of Art & Science in Closter, NJ; Phylogeny Contemporary in Seattle, WA; Greg Moon Art in Taos, NM; Merlino Galleria d’Arte Contemporanea in Florence, Italy. She has participated at art fairs such as Scope Immersive 2020, LA Art Show in Los Angeles, CA, Aqua Art Miami and Pulse Art Fair in Miami, FL, Art! Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada; and more. Sullivan-Beeman has had three solo exhibitions at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. She has been named a Finalist in the Imaginative Realism category by the Art Renewal Center three times.