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In the Kitchen

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

By Eddie Torres

michael_summers@fortwaynereader.com

Fort Wayne Reader

2017-06-05


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.

artlinkfw.com

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