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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Working Proof: Danna Ray - We Are Connected

It's Tuesday, which means it's print release day over at The Working Proof - today we are pleased to bring you We Are Connected, by Danna Ray. Danna is an amazing artist from South Carolina, who creates gorgeously ethereal, quiet work. Her body of explores the inherent transience and connectedness of all things. She is interested in small moments that scratch away the myopic fog of everyday routine to reveal glimpses of a bigger picture.

We Are Connected came about as a result of Danna's work as a horticulturist.
In one of the outdoor spaces I cared for, there was a group of several different conifer species planted together. As these trees began to reach their full size, they were becoming overcrowded, but their roots were so closely intertwined that it was impossible to remove one of the trees without damaging the others. The compact upright forms of conifers reminded me of the elongated figures of Alberto Giacometti that had profoundly resonated with me in school years ago. As I walked by those trees each day, I began to see them as a microcosm of the world around us. Each tree was working to grow and survive as it inevitably affected and formed the foundation of the others. While looking at the trees up close, it was easy to see the distinct differences that set them apart, but to see them from a distance, it was clear that they were all members of a larger family. Although the roots are not immediately apparent, everything, everyone is connected. Perhaps in the biggest picture, there is no such thing as isolation.
Lovely, right? We Are Connected is an archival inkjet print that was created from an original mixed media painting. It was printed on 300 gsm acid free paper that is made from eco-friendly bagasse and recycled cotton fibers. 15% of the sale of this print goes to Médecins Sans Frontières.


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