Danielle Dean is an artist, educator, and curator based on San Juan Island in Washington State. She received an MFA in photography at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and her work is included in public and private collections throughout the country. Recent exhibitions have taken place at the Bakalar and Paine Galleries, Blue Sky Gallery, The Center for Fine Art Photography, San Juan Islands Museum of Art, Amazon Headquarters, and the Aperture Foundation. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the 2019 MassArt Fellowship/Residency at the Studios at Mass MoCA, 2018 LensCulture International Art Photography Awards, Blue Sky Gallery’s 2018 Artist Residency at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, and a teaching Residency at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore, India. Her work is represented by Gallery BOM in Boston, Massachusetts.
“I want my work to inhabit the threshold between vastness and intimacy. I am interested in working with the dimensional space of photography in new ways by combining traditional photographic techniques with painting, printmaking, and small sculptures. My images begin with black and white film exposed through antiquated lenses. The old optics allow the light and atmosphere to impress themselves on the silver of the film. With the steel and lead sculptures, I am working in collaboration with the sea and earth of the island to patina the objects. The work is about light, the elements, the alchemy of nature and chance.”