Dani Dodge is an installation artist who creates immersive, interactive environments that incorporate video, paint, and sometimes performance. Her work incorporates the elements of the story arc in a visual form.
A former journalist and war correspondent, she makes art that explores the wars we wage within ourselves. She began painting in 2004 after being embedded with the Marines in Iraq. Dodge was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2006, but she left newspapers two years later to focus on telling stories through art.
Her work is included in three museum collections and has been shown across the U.S. and internationally. In 2016, Americans for the Arts named Dodge’s interactive installation/performance CONFESS one of the outstanding public art projects of the previous year.
Dodge lives and works in Los Angeles.
Her installations often layer the domestic detritus that informs our interior architecture. Elements such as wallpaper, screen doors, and mattresses are combined with a painted diorama or video that becomes a symbol for exterior possibilities. Eyeglasses and mirrors focus the work back on the viewer. Spurred to acknowledge their secrets, burdens, desires, or fears, participants become a part of the art.
The scenes are novels that are experienced instead of read, with connective lines created from each participant’s individual memories.