Dani Dodge is primarily an installation artist who creates immersive, interactive environments that incorporate video, paint, and sometimes performance. Her work incorporates the elements of the story arc in a visual form. She also paints.
A former journalist and war correspondent, she makes art that explores the wars we wage within ourselves. She began painting in 2003 after being embedded with the Marines in Iraq. Dodge was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2006, but she left newspapers two years later to focus on telling stories through art.
Her installations often recycle and layer the domestic detritus that informs our interior architecture. Elements such as wallpaper, mattresses, and discarded Styrofoam are combined with a painted diorama or video that becomes a symbol for exterior possibilities. The scenes are novels that are experienced instead of read, with connective lines created from each participant’s individual memories.
Her work is included in four museum collections and has been shown across the U.S. and internationally.
Although she creates individual works for group shows, she is best known for her installations that confront emotion. In the past she has invited participants share burdens, joys and sins. Her work often incorporates interactive elements that require participants to reveal personal truths, and in doing so recognize our shared human frailties. She has burned people’s fears, thrown people’s burdens into the ocean and typed people’s secrets for the purpose of posting them publicly.
In 2016, Americans for the Arts named Dodge’s interactive installation/performance CONFESS one of the outstanding public art projects of the previous year.
Dodge lives and works in Los Angeles.