I create work that is equal part fact and part fiction, but always truthful. Using my direct experience with a place, I reimage new realities in drawn space or in space it self. Intricate line and pattern pay homage to the remarkable complexity and delicacy of our world, offering glimpses of distant, dreamlike environments or detailed abstractions. Through a slow and tedious process of building mark and form, I examine my own tenuous relationship with the place and reflect on how I moved through it. The marks, paper cutting and line work that depict the way systems form, plants grow and particles move develops largely through spontaneous linear improvisation. This repetitious line creates optically disruptive, hypnotic patterns that help dislocate the viewer from our ordinary, hard reality and offer a glimpse of a more spacious, un-tethered awareness.
Artist Bio / CV
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). She has attended residencies at The Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito CA), Fine Arts Work Center (Provincetown MA) and Philadelphia Art Hotel (Philadelphia PA).
Danielle Rante lives and works in Dayton, OH where she is 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.