Art Talk | Provocateur by Danielle X
If you love art that pushes boundaries and provokes a strong reaction, then you're going to want to take notes from artist Danielle X's approach to creating her latest photographic pieces. It's no secret we are big fans of Danielle's work and her latest body of work is no exception - you can see her A Moment With interview here. In this new series, Provocateur, Danielle plays with the concept of infidelity, connections, desire, deceit, loss, passion, intrigue, growth, imagination and temptation - exploring the sensual side in all of us.
Hi Danielle, tell us about your new collection Provocateur - when was the idea for the collection first conceived? Provocateur is a person who behaves controversially in order to provoke an argument or strong reactions. The risqué concept was born during one of my creative chats with a good friend. The moment included mirrors and explored the role of us in relationships and the role other connections play outside our relationships.
Do you think that art should be about pushing boundaries? Absolutely. As a provocateur artist, I always live by that I want my work to evoke a strong emotion, whatever it is. Love it of loathe it, I don’t sit on the fence.
Water is a theme which featured in many of your pieces - why do you find it so fascinating? Water is a constant, a type of grounding - it's the ultimate smoke and mirrors... all is not what it seems. It has strength in its contradictions, it holds the feminine and the masculine.
How would you best describe this new body of work? Provocateur explores infidelity, connections, desire, deceit, loss, passion, intrigue, growth, temptation and the sensual side in us. We are born curious creatures of meaning and are wired for connection. Our desire drives us to engage in short term urges - urges of pleasure that enable us to engage and connect.
The images are much riskier than your usual work - how do you think you’ve pushed the boundaries? I have pushed the boundaries in subject matter and carried that through to the composition, details and aesthetic in the artworks.
How have you challenged yourself with this new collection? I feel that reflection is a challenge and is a powerful connector. All art is a reflection of the artist and the influences that have played a role in the art process. Reflection lets us question our connections with ourselves and question our boundaries and expectations with our own relationships. What we have experienced ourselves is what the viewer will see in the art - it's all open to our own interpretation.