Danica Phelps work gathers conceptual precedents by taking in account economy as a main them of her work. Her explorations have lead her to a new philanthropic body of work that will undoubtably bring positive change on a global scale.
Danica Phelps was inspired to create The Gratitude Project after listening to stories on NPR about refugees leaving their homes with nothing after suffering indescribable trauma in war torn countries. She wanted to try to do something to help not only refugees but other people in need of assistance due to their specific circumstance The process began with the creation of 41 drawings of simple and modest things in Danica’s life that she was thankful for. The drawings created were then auctioned on Facebook. Each drawing chosen was paired with a different organization working to make the world a better place. The price was set by the winning bid, after which, anyone could purchase a generation of the drawing at that price. The purchaser received the drawing when Danica received the check made out to the specified organization. The resulting diptychs contain the final generation of the original drawing, paired with a new drawing of the work that the chosen organization does to help bring positive change and growth.
The Gratitude Project has traveled to numerous venues both Nationally and Internationally. It will now come to Orth Contemporary. 10% of the profit from each of the pieces sold will be donated to the organization that the drawing illustrates. We hope this exhibit will keep the dialogue alive about how art can help make a positive global impact.