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Danielle Voight
Maybe Here, 2013
Oil on Canvas
[DV.10]
30 x 24 in.

DANIELLE VOIGHT WAS BORN IN ROCHESTER, MINNESOTA IN JULY OF 1983 AND WAS RAISED IN THE SMALL TOWN OF LANESBORO, MINNESOTA. GROWING UP AS AN ONLY CHILD IN A RURAL AND SECLUDED ENVIRONMENT ENCOURAGED HER TO HAVE A RICH IMAGINATION, DEVELOP A PROFOUND RELATIONSHIP WITH NATURE, AND A GREAT RESPECT FOR SIMPLICITY.

AS A YOUNG ADULT, VOIGHT IMMERSED HERSELF IN THE FLOURISHING MINNESOTA ART COMMUNITY AND THEN MOVED TO SANTA BARBARA, CA. IT WAS THROUGH THE CULTURAL EXPERIENCES AND EXPOSURE TO THE WEST COAST ARTS SCENE WHICH HELPED SHAPE HER WAY OF SEEING; ENCOURAGING HER PERSONAL GROWTH AND HER ARTISTIC IDENTITY. IT WAS THERE, WHERE SHE BEGAN DEVELOPING HER PALETTE AND STYLE. VOIGHT CHOOSES TO EXPRESS HERSELF THROUGH A MINIMALIST APPROACH, FOCUSING ON THE SUBTLETIES WITHIN THE NEGATIVE SPACE OF HER WORKS. MINIMALISM APPEALS TO HER BECAUSE IT IS OPEN FOR INTERPRETATION, WHERE THE STORY IS AS SIMPLE AS IT IS COMPLEX.

THE MEDIUM SHE PREFERS TO WORK IN IS OIL ON CANVAS AND APPLIES THE LAYERS WITH BRUSHES AND PALETTE KNIVES. WHILE ALSO USING FOUND OBJECTS TO CREATE DEPTH, THE ESSENCE OF VOIGHT’S PAINTINGS COME TO LIGHT WHEN DISCOVERING THE INTERNAL BALANCE OF EACH PIECE AND RECOGNIZING BEAUTY WHEN IT IS UNVEILED. OUT OF ALL OF HER TOOLS, THE MOST IMPORTANT INSTRUMENT VOIGHT UTILIZES ARE HER UNSPOKEN EMOTIONS WHICH COMPEL HER TO PAINT; AND ARE THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND EACH INSTINCTUAL STROKE SHE MAKES. IT IS IMPORTANT FOR HER TO SHARE THESE FEELINGS OF INTANGIBLE SENSATIONS BY MAKING THEM VISIBLE TO THE VIEWER. BUT IN ALLOWING HERSELF TO BE VULNERABLE, IT IS HERE WHERE THE VIEWER IS ABLE TO DEVELOP THEIR OWN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE ARTIST’S WORK.

VOIGHT HAS PARTICIPATED IN SEVERAL GROUP AND SOLO EXHIBITIONS INCLUDING GAMUT GALLERY, FUTURE PRESENCE, BURNET GALLERY AND VARIOUS PUBLIC SPACES AROUND MINNEAPOLIS. HER PAINTINGS HAVE BEEN FEATURED IN INTERIOR PHOTO SHOOTS FOR BOTH MIDWEST HOME AND TARGET’S WEBSITE AND SHE HAS BEEN COMMISSIONED TO PRODUCE WORKS FOR PRIVATE COLLECTIONS AND ALBUM ARTWORK FOR FATHER YOU SEE QUEEN AND STOLYTTE.

DANIELLE VOIGHT CURRENTLY LIVES AND WORKS IN MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA.