Danäe Anderson US, b. 1955
California based artist Danäe Anderson allows chance associations that arise from the immediacy and physicality of intuition and observation in her art practice. Revealing similarities to the artistic movements of Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism, the artist applies tools of expression and free-association to unleash the depths of the unconscious. The result is a deep overlay of scribbles, textures, and forms layered on using mixed media: pencil, chalk, oil pastel, and graphite exploring subjects of play, dreams, language, ancestry, and memory. Anderson’s work employs movement and music to inflect an “improvised choreography,” documenting movement, chance, and the human experience. A born multidisciplinary artist, she has a background in dance, ceramics, stage and theatre design, as well as visual art. Her dance training under Merce Cunningham and energetic experimentation with form through Japanese Raku ceramics have influenced her preeminent painting technique.
"Over the years I have overcome most struggle by simply going into the studio with no expectation. Once in that sacred space I am able to shift away from the tuggings of daily life to remember that “if you are not playing you are not alive” as David Hockney says."
- Danäe Anderson
SHE SANG FOR YOUa solo exhibition of works by Danäe Anderson 7 Jan - 27 Feb 2021ZINC contemporary is pleased to introduce a new exhibition, SHE SANG FOR YOU, with new works by Danäe Anderson. The artist’s work employs movement and music to inflect an “improvised choreography,” documenting movement, chance, and the human experience. A born multidisciplinary artist, Anderson has a background in dance, ceramics, stage...Read more
Danäe Anderson was born June 19, 1955 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, daughter to Kinsey Anderson a professor of Physics at the University of California Berkeley. Raised in California, Anderson completed her BFA studies in Textile Arts at the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1978 and her MFA in Plastic Arts at San Jose State University in 1988. A dancer from a young age, Anderson went on to study with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, an experience that greatly informed and influenced her visual art work.
Danäe's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including numerous public art projects. Anderson has received a Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant as well as a Fellowship from the Western States Arts Federation. Her work is represented in the collections of Crocker Art Museum, Nevada Museum of Art, City of Santa Cruz and San Francisco, Adobe, Syntex, CSC, Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom, Ritz Carlton and the Banff Centre for the Arts.
Additionally Anderson taught as a Visiting Lecturer in Design at UC Davis, and the Art Department at the University of Nevada Reno. She presently works and lives in Truckee California where she paints, skis, backpacks, rock climbs, hikes, paddle boards, swims, and of course dances.
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