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Iceland is the source of many unique environmental phenomena. I am going to study and develop a body of art based on direct experience

Hi, I am Danielle, an artist and educator at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.   Please read more to find out why I need to travel to an island across the Altantic to make my work.  

My work and research as an artist is rooted in examining natural environments in order to explore relationships between the personal self, my audience and the history of visual language. The recent body of work shown here was done during and after spending time in the Bay Area and Headlands Center for the Arts. The series “The Wandering Hill” and “The Blue of Distance” draws upon experiences in which navigating life and wilderness seemed to be one in the same. In a text by Plato, Meno asked the question “How will you go about finding that thing of nature which is totally unknown to you?” This question was the impetus for this work, and by bringing together ideals of the real and invented I began to find answers to that question.  For examples of this work please visit my website, www.daniellerante.com.

My next research trip is to Iceland, where I will spend two weeks of travelling by foot, car, bus and maybe bicycle, throughout Iceland and another month living at an artist residency, Nes. Nes is located in a small fishing village, Skagaströnd, with a population of only 500. I am looking to gain a first hand understanding of ancient, somewhat untouched fragile ecosystems. I will discover what it means to walk through the landscape and live with its people. More specifically, I am going to look at how climate change may have or will affect these areas and how it’s inhabitants work in tandem with the environment or against it. Traces of glacial and volcanic activity, flora and fauna, migratory patterns, as well as activities such as hunting and gathering will all be sources for the body of work I produce. My goal is not to scientifically prove or disprove already existing theories, but to visually document evidence and emotional connections with the landscape that might elude the scientific eye.

My only goal is to make a new body work that will come from the Icelandic residency and to get it into the world for others to see.   I do not intend to profit from this venture, but I am asking for your help.  In return, you will get some original art from Iceland- a steal!- made by yours truly.  Please do support this endeavor and pass along to others you feel may resonate with my work and ideas.

Thank you!

Danielle

This is an example of a cyanotype. I made this test image in Dayton. It is a process made by coating a surface with light sensitive emulsion and directly placing objects on the paper to make an image with light. You will receive something similar containing Iceland specific images with your backing! 

More examples of my work:

The Blue of Distance 1, 38 x 66", 2011
The Blue of Distance 1, 38 x 66", 2011
The Wandering Hill 13, 8 x 10", 2011
The Wandering Hill 13, 8 x 10", 2011

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