Danae Anderson Q and A

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Q and A with Danae Anderson

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Q:

What were some of your first experiences with art?

 

A:

I really was born as an artist! I have wanted to make things since I was very young. My parents supported all aspects of my sister’s and my creativity, from ceramics to painting to theatre and dance. Throughout schooling, all my optional courses were art or dance. I trained in dance since I was 5 years old, evolving from ballet, improvisation and modern to African. My 2D work is very connected to my experience as a dancer.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”20 px”][vc_video link=”https://vimeo.com/415308751″ el_aspect=”916″][vc_empty_space height=”20 px”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1589574097904{padding-right: 100px !important;padding-left: 100px !important;}” offset=”vc_hidden-xs”][vc_column_text]

Q:

Were your parents artistic?

 

A:

My father was a professor of Physics at UC Berkeley, he was an incredibly creative, hilarious, and intelligent human!  He thought outside of the box so was very playful and a bit irreverent! Although interested in most cultures, he found a special interest in ancient cultures, the renaissance and impressionist painters, the Dada movement and contemporary art and artists.  My mother was European and so I spent a lot of time in Europe with her family. Both my parents were profoundly interested in art, music, dance, performance…all cultures, so I was immersed in museums and art in many parts of the world since I was a child. I grew up with a feast of culture![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”50 px”][vc_column_text]

Q:

What was your experience like going to art school?

 

A:

After high school I attended UC Berkeley and California College of Arts and Crafts for my BFA. I then had a silk screening business for several years. I returned for my MFA to San Jose State University and did much of my work independently at the Banff Center for the Arts. I was incredibly lucky there to be fully funded, have my own private studio and enjoy adventures in the gorgeous Canadian Rockies where I was very influenced by the landscape.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”20 px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern”][vc_column width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1589574114768{padding-right: 0px !important;padding-left: 0px !important;}” offset=”vc_hidden-lg vc_hidden-md vc_hidden-sm”][vc_column_text]

Q:

What were some of your first experiences with art?

 

A:

I really was born as an artist! I have wanted to make things since I was very young. My parents supported all aspects of my sister’s and my creativity, from ceramics to painting to theatre and dance. Throughout schooling, all my optional courses were art or dance. I trained in dance since I was 5 years old, evolving from ballet, improvisation and modern to African. My 2D work is very connected to my experience as a dancer.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”20 px”][vc_video link=”https://vimeo.com/415308751″ el_aspect=”916″][vc_empty_space height=”20 px”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1589574132275{padding-right: 0px !important;padding-left: 0px !important;}” offset=”vc_hidden-lg vc_hidden-md vc_hidden-sm”][vc_column_text]

Q:

Were your parents artistic?

 

A:

My father was a professor of Physics at UC Berkeley, he was an incredibly creative, hilarious, and intelligent human!  He thought outside of the box so was very playful and a bit irreverent! Although interested in most cultures, he found a special interest in ancient cultures, the renaissance and impressionist painters, the Dada movement and contemporary art and artists.  My mother was European and so I spent a lot of time in Europe with her family. Both my parents were profoundly interested in art, music, dance, performance…all cultures, so I was immersed in museums and art in many parts of the world since I was a child. I grew up with a feast of culture![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”50 px”][vc_column_text]

Q:

What was your experience like going to art school?

 

A:

After high school I attended UC Berkeley and California College of Arts and Crafts for my BFA. I then had a silk screening business for several years. I returned for my MFA to San Jose State University and did much of my work independently at the Banff Center for the Arts. I was incredibly lucky there to be fully funded, have my own private studio and enjoy adventures in the gorgeous Canadian Rockies where I was very influenced by the landscape.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”20 px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern”][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space height=”50″][vc_single_image image=”25697″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center” qode_css_animation=””][vc_empty_space height=”20 px”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space height=”50 px”][vc_single_image image=”25698″ img_size=”large” qode_css_animation=””][vc_empty_space height=”20 px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern”][vc_column width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1589574154989{padding-right: 100px !important;padding-left: 100px !important;}” offset=”vc_hidden-xs”][vc_empty_space height=”20 px”][vc_column_text]

Q:

You have a very specific technique for your work, how did you come upon it?

 

A:

It was around when I had children that these techniques started to evolve. I was working on a large scale on handmade paper with oils and mixed media. I don’t remember how I discovered the technique, but it involves thickening an acrylic medium with which I can get wonderful texture and surface quality. As a former ceramic and textile artist, texture and surface has always attracted me. For me this technique expresses content along with surface interest.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”20 px”][vc_column_text]

Q:

With your dance background, does it influence your creation in the studio? 

 

A:

In the past I made very large paintings, 6 by 8 feet, and those were terrifically fun for me as a dancer because I could move my whole body to address that big space.

For my graduate show I had music and a huge paper covering the floor. The residue of mark making from the movement of my body with charcoal and mixed media created the work.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”20 px”][vc_column_text]

Q:

What do you listen to when you’re working?

 

A:

I listen to unusual music like Meredith Monk or Steve Reich radio and also music with beats that makes me move. I listen to alternative music that gets into my body and my inner consciousness. [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”20 px”][vc_column_text]

Q:

Do you think you’ll continue painting, or do you see yourself evolving into another medium?

 

A:

I love working in 2D, so will continue, but with everything that is going on in the world right now, I may play more with paper. I can be more nimble, less invested in the result and really play. I feel like it’s time for that, to be even more open and playful.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”75 px”][vc_column_text]

Have more questions?

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Q:

How many hours a day do you spend painting? Do you paint every day?

 

A:

I don’t paint every day. Although I paint all year, I especially work in the fall and spring. The summer is too short and beautiful here. The winter I do a lot of snow removal…We got 60 ft of snowfall this season! I also ski a lot, my son is an Olympian in nordic skiing and my daughter a downhill ski racer and coach, so I spent a lot of time with my kids at ski areas and continue to love the sport. 

When I am in the studio sometimes it is all day and sometimes a few hours. I layer my work and let it dry in between layers so some days are longer than others. I just ask myself to go into the studio with no expectations to do anything, just to walk in. Without pressure, something always happens![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”20 px”][vc_column_text]

Q:

How does the surrounding area in California influence your art? Does it inspire your color palette or organic forms that you include in a lot of your work?

 

A:

Yes, it influences my work, especially the natural environment here where I do a lot of outdoor sports. And as I am an athlete, movement is primary to my work.  But many of the images  are from all the years of travel and research. I have several journals and piles of images that I  draw upon when I am starting a new painting. I work very improvisationally with the images and immediate impulses that are triggered by music and free association. [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”50 px”][vc_single_image image=”25699″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” qode_css_animation=””][vc_empty_space height=”20 px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern”][vc_column width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1589574200007{padding-right: 0px !important;padding-left: 0px !important;}” offset=”vc_hidden-lg vc_hidden-md vc_hidden-sm”][vc_empty_space height=”20 px”][vc_column_text]

Q:

You have a very specific technique for your work, how did you come upon it?

 

A:

It was around when I had children that these techniques started to evolve. I was working on a large scale on handmade paper with oils and mixed media. I don’t remember how I discovered the technique, but it involves thickening an acrylic medium with which I can get wonderful texture and surface quality. As a former ceramic and textile artist, texture and surface has always attracted me. For me this technique expresses content along with surface interest.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”20 px”][vc_column_text]

Q:

With your dance background, does it influence your creation in the studio? 

 

A:

In the past I made very large paintings, 6 by 8 feet, and those were terrifically fun for me as a dancer because I could move my whole body to address that big space.

For my graduate show I had music and a huge paper covering the floor. The residue of mark making from the movement of my body with charcoal and mixed media created the work.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”20 px”][vc_column_text]

Q:

What do you listen to when you’re working?

 

A:

I listen to unusual music like Meredith Monk or Steve Reich radio and also music with beats that makes me move. I listen to alternative music that gets into my body and my inner consciousness. [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”20 px”][vc_column_text]

Q:

Do you think you’ll continue painting, or do you see yourself evolving into another medium?

 

A:

I love working in 2D, so will continue, but with everything that is going on in the world right now, I may play more with paper. I can be more nimble, less invested in the result and really play. I feel like it’s time for that, to be even more open and playful.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”75 px”][vc_column_text]

Have more questions?

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Q:

How many hours a day do you spend painting? Do you paint every day?

 

A:

I don’t paint every day. Although I paint all year, I especially work in the fall and spring. The summer is too short and beautiful here. The winter I do a lot of snow removal…We got 60 ft of snowfall this season! I also ski a lot, my son is an Olympian in nordic skiing and my daughter a downhill ski racer and coach, so I spent a lot of time with my kids at ski areas and continue to love the sport. 

When I am in the studio sometimes it is all day and sometimes a few hours. I layer my work and let it dry in between layers so some days are longer than others. I just ask myself to go into the studio with no expectations to do anything, just to walk in. Without pressure, something always happens![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”20 px”][vc_column_text]

Q:

How does the surrounding area in California influence your art? Does it inspire your color palette or organic forms that you include in a lot of your work?

 

A:

Yes, it influences my work, especially the natural environment here where I do a lot of outdoor sports. And as I am an athlete, movement is primary to my work.  But many of the images  are from all the years of travel and research. I have several journals and piles of images that I  draw upon when I am starting a new painting. I work very improvisationally with the images and immediate impulses that are triggered by music and free association. [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”50 px”][vc_single_image image=”25699″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” qode_css_animation=””][vc_empty_space height=”20 px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern”][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_empty_space height=”50 px”][vc_single_image image=”22491″ qode_css_animation=””][vc_empty_space height=”20 px”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_empty_space height=”50 px”][vc_column_text]

About Danae Anderson

 

Anderson was born June 19, 1955 in Minneapolis Minnesota, daughter to Kinsey Anderson and Lilica Anderson, sister to Sindri Anderson. Kinsey became a professor of Physics at the University of California Berkeley where the family moved in 1960 and Danae was raised.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”20 px”][vc_btn title=”Read More” style=”outline” shape=”square” color=”inverse” size=”sm” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fzinccontemporary.com%2Fdanderson%2F|title:Betz%20Bernhard%20Gallery||”][vc_empty_space height=”20 px”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″ offset=”vc_hidden-xs”][vc_empty_space height=”50 px”][vc_column_text]

Past Exhibition: SHE SANG FOR YOU | works by Danae Anderson

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Past Exhibition: SHE SANG FOR YOU | works by Danae Anderson

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