A FEW THINGS
Danni Wei (°1992, Tianjin, China) is an LA-based artist who works in a variety of media. Through experimental performances and installations, Danni often purposefully overstimulates the viewer with visual information referencing to texts, paintings, and architecture. Grotesque subjects are often displayed as beautiful and categories are often subtly reversed.
Her artworks usually doesn’t reference recognisable form. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted. With the use of appropriated materials which are borrowed from a day-to-day context, she creates intense personal moments masterfully created by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer round and round in circles.
Her works focus on the inability of communication which is used to visualise reality, the attempt of dialogue, the dissonance between form and content and the dysfunctions of language. The result is often very surreal, as the lack of clear references is the key in her work. By investigating language on a meta-level, she tries to grasp language. Transformed into art, language becomes an ornament. At that moment, lots of ambiguities and indistinctnesses, which are inherent to the phenomenon, come to the surface.
She creates situations in which everyday objects are altered or detached from their natural function. By applying specific combinations and certain manipulations, different functions and/or contexts are created.
Danni Wei currently studied Studio Art under Erika Suderburg and Asher Hartman at University of California, Riverside.