Art Talk | Danielle X
Sydney-based artist Danielle Cross is a multi-faceted artist. With a repertoire that stretches from painting to photography, Danielle is one talented lady. Her abstract artwork embodies movement and perfect composition whereas her photography merges imagery into abstract forms - where waves and landscapes look like they were created using a brushstroke rather than through a camera lens. Danielle's latest limited edition photographic collection, a series of beautiful evocative floral images titled Where The Wild Things Are is released tomorrow.
Hi Danielle, when was your love for art first sparked? The artist in me has been an organic subliminal progression which started in childhood. I come from a creative family and have always been surrounded with art and design - I've always had a thought process that's a little left of centre.
You've most recently delved into photography - when did you realise you had an interest in photography? I see myself as an artist who sometimes uses photography. My painted original artworks are of a very abstract, complex and intriguing nature. The photography element came into play when I was experimenting for my own interiors. I wanted to change how I viewed photography and the everyday while using digital processes to manipulate images. It's still in line with my belief that art, in all forms, needs to talk, resonate and make you feel something.
Being such a multi platform artist - which medium do you enjoy the most? Such a hard one to answer, as I believe each medium helps one another. It's the yin and yang for my art and mind process. I love the grit, hands on, chaotic, erratic yet very structured and ordered process I go through to get my abstract paintings just right. When I embark on my art photography processes, it lets me view the connections to everyday imagery from an artist's view point.
Water is a big influence in your work - why is it such an inspiration? The water attraction comes from my belief that the subject is a universal language. Through my Interior Design background, colour psychology and the way it effects our equilibrium, has always been a important element when creating my art concepts. Water evokes all the senses to feel, hear and see.
Your photography looks like abstract art - how do you achieve this unique quality? The intentional abstract nature of the photography prints is created digitally. I digitally manipulate the images to the point that from a far they could be a painting. And this gives the viewer another dimension to explore within the image.
When it comes to art - what’s the most important element for you? Composition, followed by colour and balance. Whether it's symmetrical or on the asymmetrical side, it needs to be balanced to bring harmony to the viewer. I believe it's these unforeseen elements that bring success to a painting or image. It just works and feels right.
What’s been the best lesson learnt since you started working as an artist? I've always loved the expression optimist, someone who figures that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it's more like a cha-cha!
Do you have a muse? Can you tell us a few of your sources of inspiration? Emotion and feeling is my most profound source of inspiration. The way experiences and interactions evoke a feeling is my muse. I use this knowledge from concept stage right through the naming of my artworks, which is one of my favourite parts of my job. The intrigue of a title mixed with a little humour - because art isn't meant to be taken too seriously!
Tell me about your new series Where The Wild Things Are - the imagery is so different to your previous work For me, florals possess raw, primal, stripped back, yet delicate qualities up close. They are mythical, mysterious, wild and intriguing. Staying true to my muse of emotions, and having personally experienced a recent difficult death, the symbolic nature of the floral structure and what they represent really resonated with my view on how we see and experience death. It stripes you bare, exposes you and changes your view point. Being the abstract artist that I am, the prints are stripped bare and rebuilt through colour, contrast, shape and shadows.
What are you loving at the moment? I have recently fallen in love with stand-up paddle boarding, after a trip overseas which saw me doing it for 2 hours each morning, I am hooked! My art studio in the super inspiring space in La Porte Deux in Sydney - gratitude everyday to call this my work place, my weekly gnocchi at Giro Osteria, my current leather slide addiction, studded Sam Edelman are the front runners and Narcos on Netflix!