Danielle Cartier, Crimson Tide, 2020. Acrylic paint and mixed media on found window panel, 30 x 30 inches.
Danielle Cartier writes of her work: "I have always lived inside an image-based culture. Consumer society taught me how to become literate in visual imagery and read messages, but never to excavate the origins of my most cherished rituals and assumptions. You know, the things that appear around me every day in the world that most don’t question. The images that circulate throughout society are constantly being constructed, reconstructed and recycled. And here I am, decoding the ever more complex messages, signs and traces of the everyday. The current accessibility of information has made it easy to combine and recombine- and form a version that is my own...My mixed media paintings have reached a higher level of density than ever before. Induced by the rapid compilation of sources and signals. Filling up the spaces of my daily existence. I include everything I can within an image, unable to leave anything out. Let me hide here in everything I see, everything I’m exposed to. The breathing room that once lived inside my paintings has vanished; it’s been filled with more density, more noise and more chaos. That chaos speaks to the way I approach making images. Signs. Layers. Versions. Faster, Nearer. More intense. Loud. Fast. Bold. Unrestricted. Turn me up. Set me free. I don’t know how to whisper."
Danielle Cartier is best known for her mural projects and large-scale, multimedia paintings made from reconstructed materials, recombined ephemera, layered printmaking, and painting processes. Danielle was born in San Jose, California in 1991 and grew up in the Northern California Bay Area. She graduated from Sonoma State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, concentrating in painting and printmaking. In 2017, Danielle received her Master of Fine Art degree from the Graduate School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Her work has been viewed in various exhibitions across the West Coast, the Midwest, the South, New England, the Mid-Atlantic region, including the Tri-State area and greater Philadelphia. Danielle has experience teaching studio art courses at Sonoma State University in California, the Universityof Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey and Stockton University in Galloway, New Jersey. Cartier also has experience instructing visual art at various non-profits and community art centers within Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware. Danielle has painted and installed eight public art murals within the Waterfront South neighborhood of Camden, New Jersey. Her 2018 South Camden mural project was a headlining article in the South Jersey Courier Post and was also featured on ABC Channel 6 Action News Philadelphia. She currently teaches various 2D design, drawing and painting courses within the Department of Visual, Media and Performing Arts at Rutgers University, Camden and within the Visual Arts Program at Stockton University in Galloway, New Jersey. In 2020, Cartier was awarded a Local Arts Program grant from the New Jersey State Council of the Arts and recently completed her next series of 3 maritime-themed murals in South Camden, New Jersey. For her most recent mural project in South Camden, Danielle partnered with the Camden Shipyard Maritime Museum and the project was featured in the South Jersey Courier Post. Danielle continues to make large-scale multimedia paintings and public art murals from her studio at Camden Fireworks Gallery and Creative Space in Camden, New Jersey. Most recently, Cartier has been awarded three separate grants from the New Jersey State Council of the Arts to further her current revitalizing public art projects within Camden, New Jersey in 2021.