Doris Chase

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Doris Chase has been a working artist for over forty-five years. A native of Seattle, she studied architecture at the University of Washington, worked as a painter for fifteen years, then as a sculptor for a decade before entering the world of video. Since the 70's she has pioneered the definition of video as a moving image art form. Her sculptural installations and pioneering work in video are recognized around the world. She has worked with architects, museum curators, filmmakers, actors, writers, and dancers to develop commissioned projects for museums and public agencies. Her visual arts career has made her a leading lecturer across the country. Artist in Motion (University of Washington Press), by Patricia Failing concerns Chase's career and also presents an historical summary of the development of video as an art form. The forward is by critic Ann-Sargent Wooster. A tape by the same name is by Tim Lorange. Chase has created a number of video series, each with a different thematic direction. The "By Herself" Series presents dramas about the inner life of older women, focusing on the choices found in women's lives and serves as a trigger for ongoing intergenerational dialogue in a variety of group settings. In these works, Chase explores the experiences and perspectives of older women with performances by Geraldine Page, Ann Jackson, Luise Rainer, and Joan Plowright. A discussion guide is included. The "Concepts" series is a collection of eight collaborative video tapes with women writers and artists. Each of the tapes touch critical issues facing women today. Working with Lee Nagrin, Linda Mussman, Lee Breuer, and Sandra Segal, Chase uses video effects to add new dimensions of meaning to the texts. "Video Dance" series explores the intersections of video and dance. "The Chelsea" is a recent video journal of the notorious Manhattan Hotel. She has had one-woman art shows in Rome, New York and Tokyo. SHe worked in residence at the Experimental Television Center. Several of her now famous large abstract pieces of sculpture grace public spaces in Seattle.