Danielle Blanding (b. August 1997) was born and raised in Stockbridge, Georgia. She earned her BFA in Painting with a minor in Business Management & Entrepreneurship from the Savannah College of Art and Design in March 2020.
Danielle Blanding focuses on the fear of cause and effect exploring between the beautiful and grotesque, drawn to the human figure and its distortion. Danielle is constantly exploring human medical conditions specifically in relation to skin, as well as, the natural world, specifically fungi. Danielle Blanding describes her work as reflecting on the human condition that relates to psychological transition. "I like to explore fear in relation to phobias and bodily conditions, using the human body as a tool. A search for beauty within a body’s extremes on the brink of de-fleshing," Danielle says. As Baruch Spinoza once said, "Only in relation to our imagination can things be called beautiful or ugly.”
Beauty of all kinds gives us a strange delight and satisfaction, while deformity produces pain to whatever subject it may be applied to, whether it be living or nonliving. The figures in Danielle's work exhibit that beauty and deformity is well related to self. If beauty or deformity is placed upon our own bodies, there would either be an impression of pride or self-depreciation. Society has a twisted view of beauty, only viewing it in one particular way. Beauty is such a standard by law of human nature that it constructs a feeling of pleasure and ease as deformity builds uneasiness. We seem to be ashamed of such conditions or diseases that affect many and are left either feeling vulnerable or disgusted by them. Danielle Blanding's paintings naturally embrace the unknown, creating a world of characters that embrace their so called faults. Creating an odd, but also a bit of a humorous balance of revulsion and attraction.