On Monday I had the pleasure of meeting a young artist named Danielle Julian Norton. Danielle has been working with a variety of materials that are usually found in the home (such as rice, sugar and soap) to create her work, which largely consists of sculptures and installations.
While many of her works were not in the studio and had to be discussed while huddled over her laptop, it was clear that her command of the materials and consideration of the ideas she was grappling with was impressive. As she put it, Daneille is “fascinated with how everyday materials can be manipulated” and considers artist Lee Bontecou as a key inspiration. She often incorporates motors in order to activate her sculptures. In many cases I thought her additions of those elements made her works that much more enticing.
She’s in the midst of preparing for an exhibition at Cynthia Reeves Gallery. I am excited to see what she will come up with next. From the looks of the experiments I saw with sugar in her studio, her works will be palatable to anyone who comes through the space.
Associate Curator of Contemporary Art