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In the Kitchen

Indianapolis-based artist Danielle Graves explores femininity in new Artlink show

By Eddie Torres


Fort Wayne Reader


When she was young, Danielle Graves says she didn’t understand why most of the daily, daily chores she was required to do left her house-bound, while her brother’s work took him outdoors.

“I wondered why I was stuck doing the dishes and vacuuming the house while my brother was off mowing the lawn, taking out the trash and other outside endeavors,” Graves says. “All I wanted was to be outside and all I wanted to do was everything my brother did. I wanted to be just like him. I wanted to be a dirty, tree-whizzing-on boy.”

Graves adds: “I was never proud to be a girl/young lady/woman. It’s taken me a long time to love my body and be secure with the woman that I am and the woman that I am becoming.”

Graves’ exhibit In the Kitchen is about objectification and the power of women to overcome a patriarchical society. Using mediums like zines, soft sculpture, and plush paintings, Indianapolis based artist, Danielle Graves work endlessly repurposes imagery and recycles
materials, inviting observers into a world of her own creation.

In the Kitchen is part of a three-person show at Artlink, along with BLEND, consisting of black and white photographic works by Ed Ryan of Kalamazoo, Michigan; and The Visceral Hue, abstract expressions by Thomas Joseph Leffers of Fort Wayne.

Three artist show at Artlink
300 East Main
May 19 - June 23, 2017
Gallery Hours: Tuesday- Saturday 12 - 7 p.m., Sunday 12 - 4 p.m.


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