Dani Schafer is a Wisconsin based artist who creates expressive, process-based abstract paintings. She received her BA in studio art from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, and has continued her studies at Massachusetts College of Art, Edinburgh College of Art, California College of Art and UW - Madison.
Her work involves layered, gestural abstract painting with a focus on movement and color. Her work has recently been shown in Madison, St. Louis, Chicago and throughout Wisconsin. She currently lives in Antigo, Wisconsin, with her husband, sound artist and composer, Troy Schafer, their son, August and their three black cats, Teto, Howl and Swiffer.
My work is gestural and abstract, with negative space grazing the edges of each work to allow the eye to travel. The shapes of the brush strokes are fluid and free, creating the sensation of expansive, deep spaces, through layers of color.
Working on the floor, while the canvas is horizontal, I manipulate the paint while it settles into place on the surface. I use sweeping brushstrokes, and pour and spread paint in an intuitive manner that captures arcs of my body’s movements.
I am interested in how we see shapes, color and light - how it reaches our eyes and how the brain interprets it. With this in mind, I draw on my own vision and spend time in nature, taking in my surroundings and pulling colors and forms from throughout the environment.
BA, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI, Studio Art, Sculpture concentration (installation emphasis)
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, Glassworking
Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, Soft Sculpture
Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA, Undergraduate Studies
California College of Art, Oakland, CA, Continuing Studies – Watercolor
HONORS & AWARDS
Presidential Merit Scholarship, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI
Bradley Foundation Award
Wisconsin Public Service Award
Henry Meritt-Wriston Award, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI
201730th Annual Northern National Art Competition, Nicolet College Art Gallery, Rhinelander, WI
2017 Thaw, Create Portage County, WI
2016 *Assembly Shop, featured solo artist, Stevens Point, WI
2015-16 Go Ask Alice, Mudd Gallery, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI
2015 AVA Winter Show, Langlade County Historical Museum, Antigo, WI
2014 27th Annual Northern National Art Competition, Nicolet College Art Gallery, Rhinelander, WI
2014 3rd Biennial Fiber Options: Material Explorations, Circle Gallery, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD
2014 Summer Regional Exhibition, St. Louis Artists' Guild, St. Louis, MO
2014 Abstract Art, Studio 659, Whiting, IN
2014 *Dani Schafer: Paintings, Good Style Shop, Madison, WI
2013 Wave Forms, LeRoy Neiman Center, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2010 Astral|Visceral, The Project Lodge, Madison, WI
2009 *Paintings, Electric Earth, Madison, WI
2009 *Photographs, Espresso Royale, Madison, WI
2009 *Photographs, Mildred’s, Madison, WI
2009 *Photographs, Good Style Shop, Madison, WI
2008 Intersection/Introspection, Mi Elements, Chicago, IL
2006 The Fluid Self, Wriston Art Center, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI
2005 Past & Present Particles, Mudd Gallery, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI
2005 *Mudd Gallery, solo installation, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI
2004 *Oranges, Mudd Gallery, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI
2005 *Cheetah, Main Hall Green, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI
2004 *Letters, Courtyard of Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA
2014 Action for String Quartet, by Troy Schafer, Columbus Auditorium, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Press & FEATURES
See Press page
Steinhoff, Jessica, “Now Hanging: Into the Woods,” A.V. Club (avclub.com), 11 June 2009.
Karner, Paul, “Lawrence Artists featured in Mudd Gallery,” The Lawrentian, 21 October 2005.
Zambon, Cristina, “Mudd Gallery to explore ‘Past and Present,’” The Lawrentian, 6 May 2005.
Karner, Paul, “Artist Spotlight: Danielle Dahlke,” The Lawrentian, 29 April 2005.