I am an installation artist who creates immersive, interactive environments that incorporate video, paint, and sometimes performance. My work incorporates the elements of the story arc in a visual form.
The installations layer the domestic detritus that informs our interior architecture. Elements such as wallpaper, screen doors, and mattresses are combined with a painted diorama or video that becomes a symbol for exterior possibilities. Eyeglasses and mirrors focus the work back on the viewer. Spurred to acknowledge their secrets, burdens, desires, or fears, participants become a part of the art.
The scenes are novels that are experienced instead of read, with connective lines created from each participant’s individual memories.
My work is influenced by the storytelling of tableau-makers such as Robert Rauschenberg and Edward Kienholz, and inspired by the poetry of Tara Donovan’s material transcendence.
Dani Dodge lives and works in Los Angeles. A former journalist and war correspondent, she makes art inspired by time on the battlefield, but explores the wars we wage within ourselves. She began painting in 2004 after being embedded with the Marines in Iraq. Dodge was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2006, but she left newspapers two years later to focus on telling stories through art.
Today, her work is included in three museum collections and has been shown across the U.S. and internationally. In 2016, she and a handful of other artists founded BLAM, a gallery with locations in Los Angeles and Brooklyn that brings together artists from both coasts. BLAM has received extensive media coverage and been mentioned twice in the Los Angeles Times. Dodge is also a member of Durden and Ray in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Art Association, and A.I.R. in New York.
In 2016, Americans for the Arts named her interactive installation/performance CONFESS one of the outstanding public art projects of the previous year. She also was named the Juried Winner of Artslant's 3rd Round competition for New Media and 5th Round competition for Installation.
In 2015, she had solo shows at the Coos Art Museum in Oregon and LA Artcore, where she built room-sized, site-specific interactive installations. She was commissioned to create installation/performances at the New Museum Los Gatos, West Hollywood’s WeHo Reads Festival and LA Pride. She created site-specific installations for the Inglewood Public Library, the Inland Empire Museum of Art’s inaugural show and the Los Angeles Art Association’s 2015 Open Show at Gallery 825.
Highlights of 2014 included solo shows at the San Diego Art Institute (SDAI), where she created a site-specific installation, and Pimento Fine Art in San Diego, where she displayed mixed-media works. She created an interactive installation at LA Pride, an installation at Pulse Gallery in San Diego, an interactive performance at Perform Chinatown, and a three-person video installation at Gallery 825, where she also was part of two group shows.
In 2013, she created a public installation at the San Diego International Airport and was a featured artist at The Gallery in Beverly Hills. She won first place in Expressions West at the Coos Art Museum.In 2012 she had solo shows at the San Diego Art Institute, L Street Fine Art in San Diego, and Pimento Fine Art. In previous years, she had three solo shows at Pimento Fine Art — one in 2011 and two in 2010. She had her first solo show at The Perfect Frame in Carlsbad, Calif., in 2008. Among her awards: first place in “Top 100” (San Diego 2010) and Fallbrook Art Association (2010); a Best of Show at Bonita Museum (2009); a Juror’s Choice at SDAI (2012); and a People’s Choice at the San Diego County Fair (2009).