Danielle Foushee LRVS MFA Thesis 2016
I am a designer who makes public art. I make public art with the intent to bring a sense of place to the residents and visitors who encounter it. My mission is to bring magic and enchantment to people’s everyday lives. I use color, light and shadow, transparency, and movement to communicate values such as play, lightness, and transformation.
Visitors are invited to approach my art with a playful mindset. One of my favorite authors — Diane Ackerman — writes: “In moments of deep play, we can lay aside our sense of self, shed time’s continuum, ignore pain, and sit quietly in the absolute present, watching the world’s ordinary miracles.”
Our culture suffers from a glut of busy-ness, commitments, schedules, and plans, and we’re often weighed down, unable to enjoy — or even notice — the moments of sweetness that life offers. I believe Italo Calvino’s philosophy about “lightness” that advocates for a kind of subtle effervescence, is especially important for art that exists in public places.
Much of my work addresses lightness by drawing the eye upward to focus on areas overhead — literally lifting the spirit of a place away from the ground. The work appears to defy gravity itself, and almost hovers between the viewer and divinity above.
Whimsical micro-environments are created through the use of light and shadow, form, color, which draws people out of the numbness and routine of daily life. I use circles and radial symmetry to evoke a comfortable, welcoming feeling. I hold viewers’ attention and invite curiosity by incorporating colors that mix and change, as well as the inclusion of kinetic features.