Dickson’s focus includes other facets of the Architecture of Distraction. Her paintings interpret the interiors of gambling environments and exteriors of which have become omnipresent “leisure-time” distractions, absorbing large amounts of daily life and American dream-life. She began to photograph through the window of her apartment the daily street hustle from above. Dickson captured the neon and vivid colors of strip clubs, peep shows, 24/7 cinemas, sex shops, and liquor stores.
For multiple years now she has been painting on unconventional supports, using man-made materials that are culturally devaluated, chosen by the artist for their sensual embrace and the resonance of a specific material with a specific subject. Astroturf for blurred views of urban or suburban landscapes. The artificial grass comes in a variety of colors ranging from Caribbean blue to nature’s best green and lawn green. We know it as synthetic grass still, we read it as grass while using Astroturf the artist can paint elements, like highways and cars and leave the rest blank. The paint goes on in a particularized scumble, holding on each artificial grass particle like a pointillist touch from the brush.