For artist Danielle Peters the interior of our bodies is territory for discovery, akin to the earth’s layered interior. Her two and three-dimensional works and performances examine micro and macrocosmic relationships, turning inward and outward, highlighting symbiosis between all things, including the physical and metaphysical realms. She finds influences from music, dance, meditation, and nature.
Through her intricate and meticulously joined cut outs, she suggests a magical portal to an interior place, whether within the body, the psyche, or the earth. Human arteries represent the duality of the human body as resilient, yet fragile. They seem infinitely explorable, suggestive of a system of caves, and yet they exist within a finite corporeality. Peters’ works marry the patterns and systems she finds hidden within the body and within the geographical world outside of the body.
Her small drawings are suggestive of the most intimate parts of our human anatomy. They are underscored by titles such as "Blowing Out Prophesies at Both Ends" and "Knowledge Behind Clenched Hole" yet the drawings have a particular mystical quality. The pastel colors and abstract lines emanating from central orifices feel otherworldly and yet straightforwardly anatomical. She balances the creative tension between these two ideas through her material choices and through the images’ ultimate ambiguity. The sculptures and drawings from the series "Orifices and Apparitions" broadly suggest the open/closed places of human, animal and vegetal anatomy. Furry and dense, secretive and exposed, the layers of multi-hued paper invite us in, yet are often coiled in defensive postures. No matter the method, Peters is continuously exploring the idea of portals between two otherwise separate worlds, whether bodily, culturally, geographically, or spiritually.
Peters minored in Art History and received her B.F.A. in Printmaking from the University of Kansas in 2009. In the Spring of
Written by Dana Self for the Kansas City Collection 2014-2015