Danica Chappell is a visual artist based in Melbourne who has a curiosity for spatial-temporal abstraction. Danica works with the malleability of analogue photography to investigate abstract and concrete concepts. Entangled in an activity of process Danica re-presents materials, form and colour derived from ‘darkroom haptic’ actions. Crafted in the blind space of the colour darkroom the non-figurative constructions sidestep ‘naturalistic realism’ and reveal the permutations of a tactile engagement between process, the body and materials.
In 2012, Danica completed her Masters of Fine Art (by Research) at Victorian College of the Arts where she questioned the conventions of lens-based photography opting to exploit the photograph’s material condition. Danica is a recipient of the Jim Marks Scholarship (2011), Research and Creative Work Fund (2011), Australian Postgraduate Award (2012), Australia Council Art Start Grant (2013) and the City of Dandenong ‘She’ Award (2013). She has participated in numerous international studio residencies and exchange projects in Scotland, the Netherlands, Germany and Poland.