Danielle Rante’s current work explores relationships of patterned consciousness with the patterns of natural phenomenon and landscape. In a combination of manipulated paper, drawing, printing and painting, it can be hard to differentiate between shadows, holes and actual markings. Her works on paper have been featured in New American Paintings (Volume 89). She has exhibited work national and internationally, including the International Print Center New York (NY, NY), Hudson D. Walker Gallery (Provincetown, MA) and Shanxi University Art Gallery (China). Her mixed media images are also featured in The Drawing Center’s online Artist Registry and Viewing Program. She has attended residencies at The Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito CA), Nes (Skagastrond, Iceland) Fine Arts Work Center (Provincetown MA) and Philadelphia Art Hotel (Philadelphia PA).
Danielle lives and has a studio in Columbus, OH at 400 Rich Street studios. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Printmaking and Drawing at Wright State University. She received her M.F.A. in printmaking from the University of Iowa in 2006 and has been living the dream ever since.
“My work resides in a space between being intimately beautiful yet conceptually can touch on dark moments. Part of my practice is to travel to a place for a period of time and absorb as much as I can with an outsider’s eye. Sourcing material directly from the environment, I use objects or images a way to reflect on the personal and collective experience of a place. I explore my own subjectivity in relation to things past, to past events, to future speculations while remaining a present witness. I do this in the studio by making work in intimate ways, such as cutting delicate patterns in paper, painting with tiny brushes, drawing details with pencils and carbon paper and arranging small organic objects. Overall, I equate my process as one akin to meditation rather than image making or craft. Repetition is employed to mark time’s passing, and with it I build elaborate surfaces covered with minute hand embellishment. In this private, performative act of making, I try to best relay my empathies and experiences, yet find myself slip into moments of reverie.”
*For more samples and details of her work, please go here.
**Held in Air. Solo Exhibition at K. Imperial Fine Art, San Francisco CA. July 18-August 23