Danielle Dean’s work is born out of a series of meditations. It is work in dialog with places of natural phenomena and the study of environmental rhythms. Danielle is an artist, educator and curator based on San Juan Island in Washington State. She recently completed her MFA in photography at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her work is included in public and private collections and has been exhibited throughout the country including the San Juan Islands Museum of Art, Bakalar and Paine Galleries, Center for Fine Art Photography, Blue Sky Gallery, The Photographic Resource Center and Foley Gallery in NYC. She recently was awarded the Blue Sky Gallery’s 2018 Artist Residency at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology on the Oregon Coast and is currently preparing for an installation at Amazon’s Headquarters in Seattle. Her work is represented by Gallery BOM in Boston.
“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.”