Robin Daning

Robin Daning

Artist Statement

I paint images with pigmented ink on standard dominoes and then combine from one to several hundred dominoes to make a meta-piece. Viewed from afar a meta-piece looks like a chaotic combination of related images; up close it becomes clear that each image is distinct and unique. My art illustrates a conflict that many people face: being part of a group while at the same time standing out as a unique individual. Finally, but equally important, is that my art is viewed as joyful and whimsical.

Artist Bio

Robin Daning lives and works in New Orleans. She studied art at Syracuse University and has a PhD in sensory psychology from the University of New Hampshire. She uses pen and brush to create detailed, original images with pigmented ink (a vibrant ink that has the same pigments used in acrylic and oil paints) on the smooth sides of standard white dominoes (1”x 2”x 3/8”). She attaches from one to several hundred of these painted dominoes to canvas or board in one to seven layers, creating art that has a distinct sculptural effect. Many pieces have New Orleans/Louisiana themes (architecture, food/drink/music) which she credits this to her grandfather, a local jazz pianist and passionate New Orleanian. She also creates faces with exaggerated features and unique expressions, sometimes large, outrageous lips made of painted polymer clay. These pieces range from a single face to a piece with almost 1000 faces; and reflect her background in psychology and fascination with the human ability to create and read even the most subtle expressions.

Images

  • Digital considerations
    2011
    pigmented ink, polymer clay, acrylic, and standard white dominoes
    10"H x 20"W
  • The contemplation phase
    2011
    pigmented ink, acrylic, and standard white dominoes
    5"H x 8"W
  • Nine grey lives
    2011
    pigmented ink, polymer clay, acrylic, and standard white dominoes
    12" x 12"
  • Read their minds
    2011
    pigmented ink, polymer clay, acrylic, and standard white dominoes
    8"H x 12"W
  • Multiplied
    2011
    pigmented ink and standard white dominoes
    24"W x 35"H
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