The next artist in our Open Studios Series is none other than Dana Harris Seeger, Visual Philosophy co-creator, and SVCreates Artist Laureate.
Dana grew up in a small town on the coast south of San Francisco called El Granada, California. She received her MFA in Printmaking from San Jose State University in 2011 and her BA in Painting from Anderson University in 2004. She has been a member of the California Society of Printmakers since 2011. In 2012 she was an Artist in Residence at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California and taught Lithography courses there. She has taught at Colleges and Universities including Anderson University in Indiana, Monterey Peninsula College and San Jose State University.
In her own words:
"My work in printmaking and painting helps me navigate through the space of memory. I ask questions like “whose memories are these”, “Did I make this memory up”, and “how much do I really know about my past?” My work centers on the mysterious nature of growing up as an identical twin. We often have different memories of the same experiences. Growing up I struggled with finding my own identity as a unique individual that was part of a unit. Now I ask myself if it matters how unique I am. I will often start a piece with an object that rotates or moves back and forth such as an Estonian Windmill, Ferris Wheel or Carousel. Some of these objects spark real memories for me, some only show me how my past exists with me in the present. The rotating nature of these footholds keeps bringing me back to the beginning."