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Dani Henke - USA/NZ - Masterton District Fellow

Dani Henke - USA/NZ - Masterton District Fellow

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. She is engaging in 3 meet-the-public activities:

1/ a collaborative art project on 22 January with children at Masterton District Library - Thanks to Wairarapa Times Age for this media coverage of her Fellowship - together, using discarded materials, they made a map of New Zealand and a Wairarapa sunset.

2/ an installation titled "Cellophane Drift" at Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History during during Seaweek 2020 - Kaupapa Moana (29 Feb - 8 March).

3/ Dani will also lead a public talk in the near future - watch this space!

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