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Monday, January 13, 2020

there's something in the water -- new video work

I posted a new video for homegrown stories.com -- "there's something in the water." It was inspired by the word water and the poem by Gertrude Stein entitled "Careless Water." 

My Dad turned 98 years old this fall. We all know our deaths are inevitable but we hang on to life and continue to live each day like it is our last.


there's something in the water from Sandy Dyas on Vimeo.

AIR is DIRECTOR'S CHOICE in new show at Praxis Gallery in Minneapolis

AIR was chosen as the Director's Choice! 

International Photography Exhibition

Praxis Gallery in Minneapolis  

Words, Words, Words 

February 21 - March 17th, 2020 

Opening reception: February 21st


AIR, Sandra Louise Dyas (c)
Juror | Dallas Crow
The old saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” seems to suggest that a photograph transcends language, but words have been a key part of many important photographers’ work—from the billboards and signs in many Walker Evans’ photos to Lee Friedlander’s 2019 book, Signs, for example.   The interplay of language and image can create a vivid sense of tension, irony, or poignance. The size and shapes of a font are visual aspects that can carry as much weight as any other aspect in the frame.

Praxis Gallery presents photographic art that includes written language as a fundamental aspect of the composition, including text in the form of signs or fragments of signs, handwriting scrawled over the photo, graffiti and palimpsests, just to name a few iterations of the theme. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

TRUTH & BEAUTY

at the Catich Gallery, St. Ambrose University
518 West Locust Street, Davenport, IA

october 14 - november 23, 2019
on Friday, Nov. 8th Q & A @ 4pm
and reception 5-7pm

Friday, October 5, 2018

EARTHLY BEAUTY

Susan Coleman (drawings and paintings) and myself (photographs) discuss our artwork. Thank you Jason Smith for your wonderful creative energy putting this video together! The Homecoming Reception for Earthly Beauty is Saturday, October 6th, 2018, 3-5pm. 

EARTHLY BEAUTY VIDEO with SUSAN COLEMAN & SANDRA LOUISE DYAS

This project, in part, is supported by THE IOWA ARTS COUNCIL, a division of the Iowa Council of Cultural Affairs. I received a grant in early summer in support of my new work for Earthly Beauty.



Tuesday, September 4, 2018

EARTHLY BEAUTY AT LUCE GALLERY - CORNELL COLLEGE

SUE COLEMAN AND SANDRA LOUISE DYAS


I received a Project Grant from the Iowa Arts Council this spring!


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Lost in the Midwest Gallery Talk on June 19, 2018

Gallery Talk at Dubuque Museum of Art
June 19th, 2018


Lost in the Midwest: Photographs & Video
Giving talk at the Dubuque Museum of Art. June 19, 2018 (photo by Kay Schroeder)
My Dad and I in Dubuque, June 19, 2018 (photo by Susan Becker)


Monday, May 28, 2018

LOST IN THE MIDWEST - SANDRA LOUISE DYAS: PHOTOGRAPHS AND VIDEO

Show Opening Reception is June 1st, 5-8pm 

with music by Dave Moore


Lost in the Midwest began in 2008 and continues. It is photographic work about living in the Midwest, how landscape informs who you become over time. Intuitively I search for cultural landscapes that have a strong sense of place. Finding poetic beauty in the everyday through close observation of the cultural landscape is my central vision.


I am interested in people and the traces we leave behind, the ghosts that inhibit a place. Wim Wenders, an important German filmmaker and photographer has said he believes landscapes tell us stories about who we are if we take the time to listen. Another philosophical influence of mine is Rebecca Solnit, a writer who believes we must “leave the door open for the unknown” because that is where the “most important things come from, where you yourself came from, and where you will go.”


In the end, all I have in this world are the experiences I encounter with people, animals and the landscape. Using a camera, I can document time passing; my photographs are a testament to my life here and now.