Daniel’s work is rooted in a desire to express emotion and feeling through the personification of marks and form, constructing animate facial expressions disguised beneath a playful language of the everyday. His work is a reflection of universal insecurities and optimisms in a world where social lives are very much on the public stage, and a new visual language of comic icons is leaned on to express our emotions.
Working with the most stripped back components and features of the human face, often just ambiguous shapes to resemble the eyes and mouth, Daniel creates depictions of facial expressions that draw upon his own experiences of the excitements, exhilarations and anxieties of daily life. These animate expressions are obscured beneath a façade of soft imagery, a relatable language that draws upon the familiarity of the domestic and the everyday. The act of concealment of these emotions draws parallels to our ability to project a vision or front of happiness and satisfaction in daily life. Akin to laughing off a problem, these works playfully explore feelings, positive and negative, that we can easily brush off, enhance or suppress beneath our public profiles.
Work comes framed.