Dani Dodge

Portrait by: Gene Sasse 2012

Dani Dodge's art is inspired by nearly two decades as a journalist. She began painting in 2004 after being embedded with the Marines in Iraq. Dani was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2006 but left newspapers two years later to focus on telling stories through her art.

Dani works primarily by layering different media – acrylic paint, spray paint, ink and collage – to create raw, abstracted images that tell tales of loneliness, joy, pain and triumph – in short, of being human.

Her latest work combines figurative painting and sculptural elements created from objects found on the street and in second-hand stores. It tells the story of people who have been discarded by society.

"I put this trash together with my paintings – to find the beauty in what we throw away," Dani said. "By repurposing the trash, I am seeking redemption also for the souls I capture in paint."

Her art has been included in national and international juried shows, and has won many awards. She is essentially self-taught but is grateful to artist mentors who helped her to trust her own voice.

A former San Diego resident, Dani now lives and works in Los Angeles.

Defying Gravity 2011 | Mixed Media 36x36 | 3.13.02
© 2012 Inland Empire Museum of Art
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