Artist's statement

Full Artist's statement

My paintings investigate what characterizes the transparency or opacity of labels and where meaning is situated within the intersection of gender, race, class and medium. Social construction dictates how we move throughout society and influences our individual experiences. Since the compilation of occurrences does not lend themselves to orderly categorization, identity becomes fractured. I use my background and experiences as an illustration of an identity in difference against prevailing stereotypes and social norms. To explore inta/inter-racial tension I engage the histories and traditions of painting to mirror the discourse of societal organization.

My studio practice is both a template and a self-portrait. It is a guide to examine select facets of blackness as I discover new boundaries of my identity and the social arenas it occupies. The space I investigate through painting, installation, and writing is the feeling of being neither here nor there, belonging but displaced, being black, being white, French Creole, female, a fetish, a threat, a dream, a reality, an ideal, a hybrid, a sellout, suburban, the little yellow girl, high yellow, whitewashed, minority, mixed, a mimic. I work through these categories to discover how they are embraced or rejected as well as reveal an overlap between medium and social politics.

Washington DC
Washington DC

All work by Danielle

Danielle Smith
2016, 42" X 48", Watercolor, Ink, Gold Leaf, Acrylic on Paper
$15,000.00
Danielle Smith
2016, 86" X 42", Watercolor, Ink, Gold Leaf, Spray Paint on Paper
$15,000.00
Danielle Smith
2015, ; 42” X 42,” 20” X 12,” 60” X 46”, Oil on Canvas
Danielle Smith
2014, 40" X 40", Oil on Canvas