Danielle Rante: The Blue of Distance 1 38 x 66" Ink wash, carbon paper transfers on cut paperOn the other hand it gives me more time for my explorations. I have taken the theme of the North for my current reading pile (well, my most immediate reading pile), and I am savouring thoughts which spring further out of this reading. One of the 'discoveries' I have made (rather in the way that David Livingstone discovered Victoria Falls!) is the work of Danielle Rante.
Danielle Rante: Icelandic Meditation 2 (Sediment) 19 x 20" Screenprint and mixed media on cut paper
For me these pieces are exquisite, capturing the feel of what I am imagining through my readings - I love the use of scale, both tiny detail with overwhelming whole of the repetition of those small marks to convey a feeling of place. It is a bonus that her techniques relate to mine - but it is the overall impact of the pieces to which I really respond.
Danielle Rante: Ghost 1 48 x 60" Two layers of cut paper with graphite rubbings
So often we encounter images of landscape which to my eyes un-naturally contain no sign humans or other animals - but somehow these ones are appropriately filled only with the overwhelming presence of elemental life.
Danielle Rante: The Weight of Mountains 36 x 70 Ink, graphite, carbon transfers, collage on cut paper
I found an image on Danielle Rante's blog which shows some of how she works, the elements pictured immediately made me wish so much to see her work for real. I'm sure the impact of her work must be lost to a great degree viewed small on a screen. But it is such a joy to be able to see Rante's work at all.
Here is a review of this exhibition of Danielle Rante's work in San Francisco last year. (The last link being a gallery which has led me to more delightful 'discoveries'. I could spend my life being such an explorer!)