Gina Dominique Hersey, (nee Gina Dominique Shorto, b. 1962, Johnstown, PA) is best known for works based in historical abstraction, gender issues, and yogic concepts. She has been a professor of art since 1998, an active feminist since 1992, and a yoga practitioner since 1985.
In her "Platonic Solids" series and "Intersecting Arcs" suite, as in much of her work, gestural and geometric abstraction dominates. In her "black & white pieces", and in new works like her "pink pain-ting" series, sex and gender concepts are central. In still other works like her "Chakrasana Series", "Sri Yantra" and "(Purple) Bliss", yogic influences are most evident.
Dominique Hersey obtained her BFA in studio art between Carnegie Mellon University and George Washington University’s Corcoran School of Art & Design, and her MFA in studio art from the University of New Mexico. She studied astanga yoga directly with K. Pattabhi Jois annually from 2000-2009, and in 2002 obtained his permission to teach primary series.
Dominique Hersey exhibits nationally, and has received numerous grants, honors and awards. She is an Associate Professor of Art at City University of New York’s Lehman College. She lives and works in New York City with her husband, composer Baird Hersey.