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Daniel Zeese is an artist, designer, and educator practicing in Boston. His latest work explores populations, belonging, and identity within an urban environment.
His work investigates what it means to be within civilization while on the edge of the wilderness. Outnumbered, on the fringe of what is accepted in the city, celebrated from a distance, and threatened to exile by the powers of the majority. Daniel reacts to the continuing history of violence within cities against the people who, while defining the cultural identity of a place, are often misunderstood, attacked and objectified. Later we experience the outcome, the resulting martyrdom, through the master cultural narrative.
Common themes in his work include the animal, a recognizable and glorified icon that is feared and controlled by force when its actions are misunderstood in the urban environment, and the textile, a shield that, for the observer, like clothes signifies the animal as removing itself from nature and abiding by the rules of the city. The tactile qualities of the textile help us imagine what it is to be a celebrated and feared member of society.
Daniel received a Bachelors of Fine Arts, Sculpture, from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010 and a Masters in Architecture from Boston Architectural College in 2016. He has worked internationally directing the design of major installations in the public realm for the art studio of Janet Echelman since 2012.