appreciating the little things

Happy Saturday! This feels like an intro to the podcast, but it isn’t {the podcast will be back this fall though}.

I don’t usually write about my own work here, but I’m pretty proud of this feat … I’m not sure how I pulled this off, but somewhere between having major surgery and now, I made 18 new small pieces {15 panels, 3 sculptures} for an art show at Ian Tan Gallery in Vancouver. It’s titled “appreciating the little things” because, well, 2020. If this shit show of a year has taught me anything, it’s to embrace the joy that comes from things like baked goods, pets, and the couch.*PLEASE NOTE: all tiny people in the pieces are socially distanced! Here is my artist statement and some of the work. You can see the entire show right here.

appreciating the little things
Aug 20 – 31, 2020 {preview is on as of Aug 15!}

Walks around the block, perfectly pink sunsets, freshly baked pie, and actually being home to water the plants. Before March 2020, most of us took these simple pleasures for granted — and then, whether we liked it or not, we were forced to embrace them… sourdough bread, anyone? While this new ‘normal’ has caused a rollercoaster of emotions for the entire world, there are silver linings. We’ve slowed down. We’ve discovered how much we love hugs. We’ve given Mother Nature a chance to catch her breath. We’ve taken our dogs for walks, watched the sun set, baked everything, and watched our gardens grow.

This show is filled with 18 small mixed media pieces — both panels and sculptures — that celebrate all of ‘the little things’ I overlooked while being too busy to notice. Tiny people snipped from the pages of old books, explore each of these wonders, marveling at their magnificence. There truly is so much beauty surrounding us all the time, we just have to stop long enough to see it. Here’s to appreciating “the little things”.

And that’s that. Thanks for looking/reading. Have a lovely weekend ~ Danielle

comments (5)

  1. Sumiko Keay /// 08.15.2020 /// 8:57am

    I love these pieces! Congratulations for getting it done in this strange time and thank you for posting this. (I am somebody who has gotten into plants during lockdown.). I feel like you can definitely see various crazes from this year reflected in the work.

  2. the jealous curator /// 08.16.2020 /// 6:42am

    thanks sumiko! … i’ve had lots of time to think about this series ; )

  3. Helen /// 08.16.2020 /// 1:19am

    Fabulous work! I especially love the lady looking in wonder at that super pretty shell creation. I am definitely missing walks along a beach. But yes, walk away from the pie!!

  4. the jealous curator /// 08.16.2020 /// 6:41am

    ha! thanks helen 🙂

  5. Mariela Di Nardo /// 08.20.2020 /// 3:32pm

    Your fabulous work deserves to be in your brilliant art blog! Love the art piece “couch 2020”. That coin found! When I found a forgotten coin or other little or not so little thing on my walks, I value them like thesaurus. All those objects were created and used by us, humans, with all our histories, subjectivities and feelings! Also, favorites: “little treasures (on a walk)”, “furry bff” and this one “sail away”. I miss the sea soooo muuuchhh these days! And finally this sculpture “flora” Oh! My…!!! Divine!!! Your tenacity to persevere and make art, inspires me Danielle!!! xoxo ; )