to the streets
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t was an insane idea,
it popped into my head and
like shards of broken glass.
I submitted to the kismet of desire,
a pathos of
and sublime aloofness.
Random gestures become patterns,
a curse becomes a gift,
dross turns to gold.
“If I did not manage to (paint) anything substantial there, it was because being happy took up all my time.
(The Way of the World/L’usage du Monde by Nicolas Bouvier)
" perception is not limited to what is biologically or socially useful."
(The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley)
Danaca Ackerson is a visual artist living and working in Vancouver Canada. She is a graduate of Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design now known as Emily Carr University.
The un moderno viaggiatore / voyage allègorique/ Botticelli remix paintings are inspired by an artist residency at La Macina di San Cresci located in the Chianti region of Tuscany, Italy and a visit to La Fondation Maeght located outside of St.-Paul-de-Vence in the South of France.
The To The Streets series evolved from Danaca's participation in peaceful protest through downtown Vancouver and a Florentine religious fresco by Benozzo Gozzoli in 1459 titled The Procession of the Magi.
"Captivated by the creative signs and placard messages I see at protests, I am intrigued by how one captures a perspective in a few words. Many believe that people protesting influence change, the placards articulate the message.
I want to share my experiences through a poetics of visuals by creating pieces which speak to the topic of caring for the places where we live and for one another. It is my hope to invoke curiosity about the seekers of justice with their messages, taking their places in the streets and other public places. " Danaca Ackerson
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