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Danielle Nelisse's Powerful Artwork Chosen by ArtMaui 2019 Juror
Abstract artist Danielle Nelisse recently moved her art studio in a shipping pod from southern California to the Hawaiian island of Maui. It didn’t take long for her Wildfires series artwork to be recognized by one of Hawaii’s foremost authorities on contemporary artwork. #artmaui2019 #wildfires #oceania #risingseas #alohaoceaniacities #daniellenelisse @DanielleNelisseArtist @daniellenelisse
Juror Lisa Yoshihara, founding director of the Hawaii State Art Museum and former curator of the Hawaiian State Art in Public Places, stated “in curating the 2019 ArtMaui art exhibition, I responded to artwork where the fine line between the chosen medium, the quality of the technique and process, and the artist’s concepts blended and transformed into a stronger statement. I responded to work where artistic expression and technical expertise created a lasting impression that I can see and feel in my heart and mind. I like the movement in Nelisse’s painting and it is a statement in contrasting colors.”
Nelisse began painting a series of dynamic large wildfire paintings after her art studio was surrounded by nine wildfires when she was still working in California.
Will living in Hawaii change the direction of Nelisse’s art?
She is already working on a new series inspired by rising seas called “Aloha Oceania Cities.” Nelisse states, “Oahu is the most vulnerable Hawaiian island when it comes to flood risk. My first painting in the new series was inspired after looking down from a Honolulu high rise building at the streets lining the Pacific Ocean.”