Danielle Wyckoff Bio/CV
Originally from the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, Danielle Wyckoff currently lives and works in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is an artist and an educator, teaching at Kendall College of Art and Design. Wyckoff's work investigates how loving or losing love allows us to empathize with each other, and her work often refers to water. Since moving to Grand Rapids, she has greatly inspired by Lake Michigan and explores the shores as often as possible.
Recognizing the minute and infinite connective threads among us, Wyckoff's work addresses our abilities to love and the ways in which that shared capacity both unifies and separates us. We know each other insofar as we know how loving and losing love feels. Each project she pursue iterates what it is to love. Furthermore, each project suggests an experience of immersion, a sensation evocative of love, often comparing such a sensation to being in water or drawing from certain properties of the element.
To explore, represent, and further entangle us within this conceptual framework, Wyckoff creates installations, prints, drawings, sculptures, and videos as well as collects stories about love from those willing to share. Her projects acknowledge and elicit the shifting nature of love and water, their beauty and breathlessness,and their terror and transience. Her work relishes in the individual experience, but simultaneously reveals that what we think matters most is truly what matters least: The “I” and “you” of “I love you.”