JIMMY WILSON GALLERY
TONI DACHIS “PAPERCUTS”
December 1, 2016 – January 30th 2017
Opening Reception: December 15, 2016 / 6-8pm
Toni Dachis is a Minneapolis based multi media artist. Her clean conceptual style is influenced
by her earlier career as a graphic designer. She received her BFA in graphic Design from the
Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1978 and has continued to study printmaking in MCAD’s
summer program (2009- 2014). After 10 years in graphic design and raising two children, Dachis
began painting murals, designing interior accessories, and started two non-profit organizations.
Her choice of materials i.e. newspapers, magazines, scrap paper, and even ‘bad’ prints from the
printmaking process, is integral to the message of each piece, her sensitivity to the environment,
and the times in which we live.
Currently the papercuts technique she has created has drawn attention. Her desire is to repurpose
materials that would normally end up discarded. Toni manipulates cut paper strips by
folding and gluing them to the substrate like pieces of a puzzle. What you see are the folded
edges. When stacked the color or tone on the folded edges make up the image you see.
In her exhibit ‘PAPERCUTS’ Toni’s piece “Babs” has a background made from old sheet music
with a dusting of mica powder to give it the added touch and flare appropriate for Barbara
Streisand. The gradations in art magazines are used for the face of “Babs”, with copper foil for
her ring. Her piece “Dylan” is completely done in sheet music which has been overprinted with screen ink to add color, and “Audrey” is entirely out of magazines with a touch of silver foil on the earring. With so much destruction in the world, creating is Toni’s contribution to the balance of what we destroy while preserving history in an abstract way. Re-purposing everyday materials gives old materials a new life and meaning before they become obsolete.
Toni has exhibited her work in Minneapolis at several venues, including Tychman Gallery at
the Sabes Jewish Community Center, The Phipps Gallery in Hudson Wisconsin, Barnes and
Thornburg LLP, SooVac Gallery, Gamet Gallery, Gallery 122, MCAD Print Seminar Exhibition,
MN Book Arts, Art Perchance at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Altered Esthetics.
For more information contact the Jimmy Wilson Gallery
4304 Upton Ave. So. Minneapolis 55410