Gina Dominique Hersey, (nee 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 "Chakra Paintings," "Chakrasana Series," and "Eight Limbs of Ashtanga Yoga, a Series Summing up 14 Years of my Studio Life and 30 Years of my Yoga Practice," yogic influences are most evident.
During the 1980s Dominique Hersey obtained her BFA in studio art between Carnegie Mellon University and George Washington University’s Corcoran School of Art & Design. During the 1990s, she received her MFA in studio art from the University of New Mexico. From 2000-2009, she studied astanga yoga directly with K. Pattabhi Jois annually, and in 2002 obtained his permission to teach.
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 between New York City and West Shokan, NY.