Dove Bradshaw was born in 1949 in New York City where, with some education in England, residencies and travel abroad, she continues to live and work. Beginning in 1969, she pioneered the use of indeterminacy in sculpture, painting, performance and film. By persistently relinquishing control, she took Conceptual Art in a sensuous direction. Her early fusion of scientific exploration with art practice has anticipated activities of later generations by several decades. These prescient impulses have come to be broadly embraced in the Science/Art movement, "weathering" works and the genre lately termed museum interventions. Some of her gestures toward indeterminacy have embraced the chance positioning of work, the use of materials particularly susceptible to weather and indoor atmosphere, the unpredictability of birds, the gradual erosion of water, or the use of inherently unstable substances such as acetone, mercury and sulfur. Time is no less significant a factor. She has said "Poetry is everywhere evident and therefore one only need present materials."
John Cage, a long time champion, talked about her work with Thomas McEvilley in Dove Bradshaw, Works, 1969-1993, which was republished in McEvilley’s Sculpture in the Age of Doubt, 1999 and in a current monograph The Art of Dove Bradshaw, Nature Change and Indeterminacy, published in 2003 by Batty Publisher, LLC. Mr. McEvilley wrote the text for this monograph. Cage selected her to accompany him in his 1991 Carnegie International presentation and she was represented in Cage’s similarly scored Rolywholyover Circus, 1993-5, which consisted of his selection of Twentieth Century works. Appointed in 1984 as Artistic Advisor for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, she designed sets, costumes and lighting for a decade of the company’s stage and television productions around the world. She has had two mid-career exhibitions, one at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in 1998 and one titled Dove Bradshaw, Formformlessness, Baruch College, City University of New York in 2003. Her work is represented in the permanent collections of the major museums both here as well as in Europe and Russia and she has shown regularly in the US, Europe and Asia.