Mountains Beyond Mountains
Danielle Klebes lives and works in North Adams, MA. She has exhibited in Istria, Croatia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Massachusetts, Colorado, and Florida. She has an upcoming two-person exhibit at the Susquehanna Museum of Art in Harrisburg, PA. Currently, she has work in a group show at Helikon Gallery in Denver, CO. She received her MFA in Visual Arts from Lesley University College of Art and Design in Cambridge, MA. Instagram: @danielleklebesart
"The main subjects for my artwork are people who are in a state of flux. The figures in my paintings, captured in moments of uncertainty and isolation, are close in proximity but emotionally distant. They are positioned in liminal natural environments—the sun is setting or storms are approaching—with no clear entrance or exit pathway. There is a sense of the in- between without a clear narrative regarding what comes next. In my compositions, I highlight the often-disconnected relationship between the individual and the groups they belong to. I am interested in emotions generally associated with being alone including loneliness, feelings of isolation, and resignation, and how they relate to the individual experience within a group.
I employ a cool, colorful, and unnatural palette to highlight disconnection and lack of intimacy. I take liberty in creating the environments for my figures, sometimes completely removing them, sometimes abstracting them, and sometimes adding surreal elements. The paintings are not specifically narrative, but they include pictorial clues to the experience of the subjects."