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Amarachi Lounge, Brooklyn, NY. 2017

The other night, I went to visit the Whitney Museum in Manhattan, and I had a personal tour guide explain a few pieces that were on display. I was impressed and amazed by the obvious creativity, but even more so by the deeper and layered significance the artist wanted to convey. Sometimes I forget how pre-meditated artists can be, because I don’t really consider myself as that type of artist. I have so many thoughts and feelings scrambling around inside, that when it’s time for me to be still and paint, those feelings appear on the canvas in whatever way they want. I don’t plan, I flow with it. That’s the joy I find in my art, and the reason I reference it as abstract. I begin to understand myself and my sentiments more after I’m done creating. As each feeling is unique, so is each painting. Unique, and original. So, listening to the guide explain the artwork made me imagine myself or the artist trying to tell a specific story, relay a specific message and direct the audience’s perception. Although one can have their own interpretation, I don’t think I’d necessarily want someone to explain to others what I was thinking or feeling when they observe a piece of my work. I more so want people to dive deeper, and simply focus on what it means to them. I don’t have intentions to be specific about anything in particular. It doesn’t mean that my art does not have direction, it means that my art is free, general, and universal. It’s the reason I work with shapes, white lines, random blends and splashes of color, and gold paint – to leave plenty of room for interpretation. It’s to symbolize that we’re all connected, and a part of something larger than ourselves.

My artwork represents freedom – the lack of it, the desire for it, and the possibility of attaining it. The fact that I only create originals, and not prints, is symbolic that everything in nature is unique – one of a kind. As long as I’m alive and painting, one would only be able to purchase a true DMC original. I value that so much. I had my second solo art exhibit on April 27, 2017, and to see nearly 100 people gather around my work, and comment on how they feel connected to the paintings meant a lot to me. Many have known me and my work since I started painting four years ago, and have expressed how much I’ve developed. I’ve sold a lot of pieces to family and friends, and that actually means more to me. They’re proud to be able to tell their guests that they know the artist. I have developed such a respect and appreciation for artists, and the time, dedication, and passion that goes into creating. Only recently have I been able to look around my home at the paintings I have on display, and say I actually met the artist. I’m so for it!

I’m also loving the friends I’ve made over the last few years. They are some of the purest souls I’ve ever met! I’m working on creating “water” themed pieces – a series to go along with a set of poems I’ve created. Water, for me, represents going with the flow, riding the wave, letting things come to me, letting things roll off of me, being a part of nature, not fighting anything and appreciating all that is, all that is meant, understanding my purpose, being in my element, being content with all things just as they are, and freedom! I feel connected to water’s representation of cleansing, purifying, and renewing. When I paint, and when I write, I know for sure that I’m leaving some sort of impression on the world. If I’m not living in my purpose with a passion, then what exactly am I doing?

 

 

Art Event Announcement: DMC Original’s Shape Your Peace

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Photo taken at the DMC Original Solo Art Exhibition: Whatever Glitters is Gold. Brooklyn, 2015.

I’ve been working with paint colors since 2010. I coordinated volunteer events for people to paint murals at schools and community centers, but I was no artist. At least not until two years later. I became inspired to spread paint over blank canvases, similar to the way I’ve crafted words together to create stories. I was exploring a new creative outlet, a new type of journal. I am expressing myself through blended colors and golden highlights.
I began posting photos of the finished pieces to my social media networks, and surprisingly received a lot of feedback from my peers. They seemed intrigued. They’d hit the “Like” button on Instagram and Facebook, then followed up with a comment or private message, “how much?”. When I sit down to paint, I never know what’s going to be created, until it’s complete. Sometimes I reveal pain. Sometimes love. Sometimes hope. I noticed that no matter what story the painting is telling, there is always a search for peace.
After almost three years of painting and having created over 100 pieces, I held a premiere art exhibition for DMC originals in October 2015. It was a solo show that took place at Amarachi Lounge in Brooklyn, NY. The show was entitled “Everything that Glitters is Gold”. I wanted my paintings to encourage people to see the possibilities. As they scanned their eyes over the layers of paint from each corner of the canvas, I hoped for them to see that they were on a journey: jumping over forced shapes, sliding down blended colors, climbing up impulsive angles, inspired by bold golds, all in search of the peace everyone is trying to find. A great amount of people showed up to the exhibit, and my art was just as well received as my children’s book during the signing for Peers, Cheers, and Volunteers in 2013. I loved that I was able to bring people together for an evening filled with art, love, laughter and an open mind for creativity. Many went home that night with their very own DMC original. I was lifted! In that moment, I felt that I was in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing – existing in part of my purpose.
So, I’m indulging again! I invite you to come out to Verboten in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Saturday, January 30th from 5-10 pm for an evening of art in every form, a PHD Experience (see flyer below). DMC originals will be on display, in addition to live music, dance performances and so much more.
When I think about the people who have DMC originals on display in their homes, I hope they understand that they have more than just a painting. It is mostly my intention to inspire them to see beauty in all things.
You are encouraged to follow this blog and my Instagram page @dani_chery. Cheers.
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