Perspectives is an on ongoing series of interviews and check-ins with recipients of our Artist Research & Development Grants (ARDG). Today we speak with 2017 ARDG recipient Danielle Foushée.

Danielle Foushée is an artist/designer living in Phoenix, Arizona. She is Assistant Professor of Design at Arizona State University where she teaches graduate students and conducts her own creative practice focused on public art,creating “whimsical micro-environments” that use the interplay of light, shadow, form, and color to “draw people out of the numbness and routine of daily life.”

“Our culture suffers from a glut of busy-ness, commitments, schedules, and plans, and we’re often weighed down, unable to enjoy — or even notice — the moments of sweetness that life offers,” notes the artist. “Much of my work addresses lightness by drawing the eye upward to focus on areas overhead —literally lifting the spirit of a place away from the ground.”

In 2017,  Foushée was awarded an Artist Research and Development Grant in support of her exploration of new materials and techniques. This past winter her latest commission, a twelve foot structure called “Invitation” was unveiled at the entrance to Tempe Beach Park as part of IN FLUX Cycle 7.

Recently, we spoke with Foushée about “Invitation” and what public art means to her.

Learn more about Danielle Foushée and her work at azarts.gov/ardg/danielle-foushee
Artist Research & Development Grants are awarded annually. Learn more about these grants and those who have received them at azarts.gov/artist/artist-research-development-grants


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