Dawn Conn Sculpture


A sculpture should not only capture your attention, it should also tell a story.  For me it is the joie de vivre, or the joy of living, that is my greatest inspiration.  It starts with imagery of personal experiences, feelings and memories, as a daughter, a mother and as a woman. My themes are universal.  It is the celebration of human experience, emotion and connection. 

My story starts from humble beginnings on a farm in New Zealand.  It was here I developed a love for nature, creativity and resourcefulness.  My childhood provides inspiration for my work, channeling my memories and emotions, into sculptural forms, embarking on a journey to capture the essence of the figure.   For me, my sculptures layered with textile finishings, create an immediate sensory connection of remembrance, of my talented mother who spent nearly all her waking hours working and creating. I also love to find the beauty in forgotten treasures - entwining something once devalued, old and imperfect into a bespoke piece of art.

After leaving home my love of art deepened with many years researching and admiring art working in Europe as a tour manager.  In 2001, I complemented my personal education studying art history at the university of Queensland, Australia.  Following this, I undertook a decade-long journey of academic art education, including art and design study at the prestigious Central St Martins College in London, as well as continued independent study and organic experimentation.

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“Life’s journey is a complex layer of comfort and chaos, strength and fragility, authenticity and vulnerability…”

I love telling a story, through a sculpture’s personality and character.  From the expression of their figure and natural curves, to their face, stance and movement.  My passion is in evidence in my art and has always represented my slightly quirky and humorous spirit vision of life.  I want my sculptures to connect and trigger reflection with the viewer.  By using universal themes, I tell the story of the beautiful and the strong, the wise and the naïve, the hesitant and the brave, and the loved. 

“I want people to respond to my work with feelings rather than thought.”

In 2010, I launched my sculpture business in Australia, returning to Europe in 2016. In 2018, I re-introduced bronze into my collections.  Currently based in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, my bronze and mixed media sculptures can now be found in private and public collections in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, France, Germany, Switzerland, USA, UK and Ireland.

...'The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.” ~ Auguste Rodin