Featured Artist: Danielle (Dani) Lioce
Safe to say Dani is one of my best friends and the very first person I met in college. We spend just about every single waking day together. We love going on spontaneous adventures and having late night dance parties at El Motel. Dani is a junior fine arts major at the University of Dayton. Her favorite movie is Mulan Rouge and is a BIG Grouplove fan. She hopes to become a gallery curator or work for the Free People creative team. Danielle is a wickedly talented artist, especially in areas of figure drawing, ceramics, print making, and painting. She's an expert at drawing the human body and expressing true emotions through line work and gestures. In her art, it is clear that Dani is a free spirit and kind hearted person who is true to herself. I am so blessed to be touched with her presence and love everyday.
AD: How did you get into fine art and what inspired you?
DL: I started college as a Graphic Design major because I thought that would be the route to go down if I wanted to incorporate art into a profession with job security. But I quickly found out that I was wrong. I guess after my first drawing class in college I started to find that I really loved the hand element of art. I tried to incorporate that into the graphic design projects I had going at the time and I guess that kind of showed me where my true passions lied. Especially after taking figure drawing I found what really intrigued me and I switch majors to Fine Art. I am really inspired by the human figure and how when it is portrayed in a piece of art it is so relatable because everyone has a body.
AD: What is your favorite medium to work with and why?
DL: I really enjoy working with graphite. I find the simplicity of it works best with the works I’m making currently. I also like its ability to be a bit messy and show the process of a drawing. I’ve also been experimenting over the summer with printmaking, specifically silkscreen monoprints, and I’ve really enjoyed it although I haven’t quite mastered it yet. I find that when I want to add small amounts of color to my drawings that printmaking is what I like best.
AD: What are you working on now?
DL: Right now I am making a lot of contour line drawing of the human figure. I like to focus in on torsos and hands and feet. I find they have the most interesting lines to recreate and find.
AD: Who are some of your inspirations?
DL: Artist wise, I’m really inspired by Egon Schiele and Adara Sanchez Anguiano. They have similar styles and use line as a way of describing form and it gives a certain aesthetic I’m really drawn to. Also Jenny Saville, because its hard to be a female artist that works with the figure that isn’t inspired by her. Other inspirations I have come from friends and peers in school. I have really found that I am most inspired after spending a day with close friends with good conversation that has me thinking of the world around me. One of my professors has always said that “good borrows, and genius steals”, so I try to steal color from the earth, letting it make up color schemes for me to use. I also in a weird way steal from my friends in the energy they give off and let that feed into my efforts in my art making.
AD: As and artist, what do you love most about making work?
DL: I love the reward of feeling proud of piece when I’m done. As well as the release of jumbled up thoughts in my head that become clearer after I make something.
AD: Tell me 3 random fun facts about you
1. My closet is made up of 80% free people and 1/3 of it is probably sweaters
2. I’m from Alabama (Idk that seems to entertain people)
3. I’m ambidextrous.
Check out Dani's awesome work on her Instagram because she ROCKS!