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OBrien_Bow_Legged.jpg

latch hooked yarn and plastic, PVC pipe

OBrien_Slumber_Party.jpg

latch hooked plastic and yarn, wood, cardboard, steel wire, plastic tubing, glazed ceramics, glitter

OBrien_Pillow_Pile.JPG

latch hooked yarn and plastic, wood

OBrien_Fruit_Stripe.jpg

latch hooked yarn and plastic, steel rod, pool noodles, glazed ceramics, air dry foam clay

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About Danni

Baltimore City

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O’Brien is a queer womyn maker and art educator currently based in Baltimore, Maryland. Her work is rooted in play, collecting, and constructing and informed by an education in assemblage sculpture, fiber arts, and ceramics. She marries construction and wood working skills with traditionally feminized and domesticated systems such as stitching, beading, and rug making to compose her dually hard and soft objects. Danni has recently been awarded artist residencies at PLOP (London, UK), The Maple Terrace... more

Soft Sculpture

Soft Sculpture is a series of objects whose nucleus is latch hooking rug making technique. I employ this nostaligc and kitschy process as a way to build fuzzy, fibrous "paintings of abstracted memories and motifs from my adolescent girlhood. I am interested in this process as a way to grapple with notions of femininity, domesticity, and craft, as well as for its extremely accessible and tactile qualities.

The laborious latch hooking process results in vibrant and robust plush canvases that exist as both paintings as well as skins for more complex mixed media sculptures and installations. I source materials for the latch hook pieces only from large collections of discontinued vintage wool on eBay and plastic materials from the dollar store. This provides a peculiar framework from which I construct compositions with off kilter color schemes and animated textural shifts. I call on construction skills I’ve learned as a wood worker and naïve, haphazardly assembled ceramics to transform the latch hooked images into whimsical, dynamic objects. These mixed media objects are cheeky and echo forms of playground equipment and awkward body developmental stages.

  • Bow Legged

    latch hooked yarn and plastic, PVC
  • Bow Legged

    latch hooked yarn and plastic, PVC
  • Slumber Party

    latch hooked yarn and plastic, wood, cardboard, steel wire, glazed ceramics, plastic tubing, glitter
  • Slumber Party

    latch hooked yarn and plastic, wood, cardboard, steel wire, glazed ceramics, plastic tubing, glitter
  • Slumber Party

    latch hooked yarn and plastic, wood, cardboard, steel wire, glazed ceramics, plastic tubing, glitter
  • Fruit Stripe

    latch hooked yarn and plastic, steel rod, pool noodles, glazed ceramics, air dry foam clay
  • Fruit Stripe

    latch hooked yarn and plastic, steel rod, pool noodles, glazed ceramics, air dry foam clay
  • Fruit Stripe

    latch hooked yarn and plastic, steel rod, pool noodles, glazed ceramics, air dry foam clay

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