M.J. Levy Dickson explores global interconnectedness through her artwork, and has discovered a common denominator in the natural world. She finds in nature patterns of color, light, mood, subject, texture, and sound that transcend conventional boundaries, such as, those between sight and sound, land and water, or time and space. These discoveries are reflected in her varied artwork and teaching, from her tenures as artist-in-residence in Tangier, the Perkins School for the Blind outside of Boston, The Farm in Jaipur, to her setting up the art studio for a Graphic Design Department in China. With a deep body of work spanning oils, acrylics, watercolor, charcoal, pencil, pen and ink, glass, and re-purposed materials, playing the boundaries between Abstract, Representational, and Expressionist, she finds, records, and is inspired by the similarities of all global cultures and celebrates the differences. Her exhibition schedule mirrors these interests and experiences.
Among many teaching positions, Dickson has taught at MIT, the Boston Architectural Center, and the Michael Graves College at Wenzhou-Kean University in China. Working with people who have limited vision, mental health issues, on the autism spectrum, and other special needs, as well as, typical children and adults of all ages, has honed her instinct for art as communication. She provides a counterpoint to a culture in which emotions are intellectualized and verbalized – yet not available to everyone in these forms. Encompassing thought and meaning visually, tactilely, and aurally, she offers a bridge by which diverse audiences can experience the unexpressed.