Danielle Wood

I conceptualize the ocean as a metaphor for the subconscious. I view the ocean as a flat blue surface from above, but know that below the surface there exists beauty, mystery, fear, intricate social relationships, and potential danger. The ocean is much more complicated below the surface than what it appears from above, much like the human psyche.
Semiotics and how nature can be a symbolic visual language to describe the human experience and emotive inner world intrigues me. The abstractions of nature— its forms and shapes— describe emotional states and create a dialogue between the artwork and the viewer.
My ceramic work is made mainly in porcelain clay because the smooth surface quality of porcelain refers to something mysterious, uncanny and “other,” which greatly intrigues me. I would like the viewer of my work to examine its otherness and to escape into the possibility it creates.