My work is about Place. There has always existed within me an urgency to define myself through place that stems from an upbringing full of uprooting and re homing. In the absence of the traditional childhood home, I developed a unique relationship with space, one that aims to retain memory in its purest form by utilizing nostalgia to visually explore only that which was pleasant.
In my paintings I take on the role of poet-painter, creating sentimental and idealized landscapes that are devoid of any figures or formal devices traditionally used to tell a story. Pulling from themes commonly found in German Romantic landscape painting, where the artist mediates between the creative and the divine and is charged with the responsibility of examining nature and its spirit, I create intensely personal portraits of quiet, meditative spaces that encourage contemplation and reflection. These constructed landscapes express my own solitude and melancholy, searching for that moment of sublimity, hoping to evoke in the viewer a subjective, emotional response to the natural world. In a pursuit for tranquility and peace, these introspective landscapes offer a respite from the chaos and noise of the modern world. Using landscape as a ubiquitous device for investigating my personal history, I explore the desire to connect, to long for shelter and to belong.
Danielle Winger was born in Reno, NV and has spent her life moving throughout the US. She received a Bachelor of Science in Textiles, Merchandising and Apparel Design from Middle Tennessee State University and a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art: Painting from East Tennessee State University. Winger is represented by Red Arrow Gallery in Nashville, TN and James May Gallery in Algoma, Wisconsin. Her work belongs in a number of private collections both nationally and internationally. Winger is an adjunct professor at Ivy Tech Community College and Hocking