Inside My Alabaster Box: American Artist Danielle Smith Solo Exhibition

Inside My Alabaster Box

Alabaster is a soft, fine-grained, translucent form of gypsum. In ancient times, this precious stone was often carved into ornaments and boxes. These small boxes held personal treasure that the owner would consider to have high value, such as expensive oil, perfume and jewels.
The alabaster box represents a place where I hold my most value and what I use it for. My talent and passion for painting is what I would consider my personal treasure. In the Bible in the book of Luke, a prostitute washes Jesus’ feet with her tears and dries them with her hair. Lastly, she massages precious oil onto them from her alabaster box, which she considered her most prized procession.


Using this story as inspiration, I am drawn to create paintings that showcase the passion of my intimate religious relationship characterized in emotional struggle and release. Through the usage of hair as a symbol for baptism, surrender, and a veil coupled with soft warm flesh and devotional compositions, I create the feeling of commitment as well as utterly needing and reliance. The darkness of the hair characterizes the intimacy of my religious relationship as well as the willingness to surrender, as if none other existed. Contrasted against the skin the darkness also speaks to the struggles and turmoil faced while having the comfort of light in an abstract sense as the guiding force to continue on my journey. Only through darkness is light able to shine brightly.
While in China and learning about traditional Eastern methods and practices, I have been inspired to incorporate them into my works. I have chosen to use rice paper and Chinese ink along with oil paint to combine my old practice with my new cultural experience of Nanjing.

 

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Residency in Beijing:
60 Art Area,
Xiaopu Village, Songzhuang,
Tongzhou District,
Beijing, China
PC.101118
Residency in Nanjing:
2101, Fangshan Art Camp,
3789 Jiyin Avenue,
Jiangning District, Nanjing,
Jiangsu Province, China
PC.211112
Residency in Hohhot:
Building G5, Unit 104
Yiliaodong International Garden
Saihan Dostrict, Hohhot
Inner Mongolia, China.
PC.010000
Residency in Taiwan:
1st Floor, Zhilanshanzhuang,
No. 37 Lanyang street
Houcuo Village, Sanzhi District
New Taipei City, Taiwan.
PC.252
Residency in Ordos:
23rd Floor, Building 1,
Athlete's Village, High-tech Park,
Kangbashi District, Ordos,
Inner Mongolia, China
PC.017000
Residency in Garze:
Bamei, Dawu County,
Garze Tibetan Prefecture,
Sichuan Province, China
PC. 626401
Residency in Kunming:
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