Dani Henke is a Wellington-based sculptor, graphic artist, and designer-upcyclist. Her work marries the constructed and the come-upon, fusing sculpted ceramic elements with found objects or repurposed materials.
Growing up in the American Midwest, Dani tapped into mixed media by exploiting the sheer abundance of discarded materials, a practice that has traveled with her, augmenting her creative process. She has been anthropomorphizing everyday objects for years, finding interesting bits and bobs at flea markets or op-shops to reconstruct and embellish with clay.
Her Masterton District Fellowship project with NZ Pacific Studio involves discarded materials, found objects, and repurposed materials, with a focus on plastic in particular.