Dani Dodge is an installation artist currently working and living in Los Angeles, California. Her installations usually incorporates activity with the audience, video, paint, or performance. Dodge’s previously worked as a journalist and a war correspondent. In 2004, Dodge began painting. and after being affiliated with the Marines in Iraq, Dodge left journalism and being a correspondent in order to pursue her artistic career. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally, has had over 14 solo exhibitions, most recently featured at the Lancaster Museum of Art and History in Lancaster, CA as well as the A.I.R. Gallery in New York.
Dodge creates “art that explores the wars we wage within ourselves”. This topic is closely linked to identity and how we perceive ourselves versus what others may not understand what we are going through. In Fugitive Love Song, Dodge created an urban intervention where she went out into public and wrote the song lyric, and uplifting words: “just the way you are”. By doing so, she is spreading positive and elevating words of affirmation in everyday places where everyone will see it in order to spread a sense of camaraderie among fellow city-dwellers. In a world full of hate and bullying, seeing an uplifting phrase from an anonymous stranger makes a little bit of the world better again—especially to those who are going through troubled times.
Along with the theme of “wars we wage within ourselves”, Dodge creates participatory installations that involve fear, sin, and secrets. One of her pieces demonstrating individual’s fears is Peeled & Raw.
In this installation, Dodge invites the viewers to embrace their inner most fears by peeling off wallpaper, writing their fears on it, and dropping it to the ground. At the end, Dodge collected all these fears and burned them. Dodge’s interactive performance addresses a common tendency to try and cover our fears.
The exhibit Collectivity will investigate points of connection between artists from two internationally significant artist collectives based out of the Western United States – Hyperlink (Colorado) and Durden & Ray (Los Angeles) in two concurrent exhibits across two states.