Danielle’s Fine Art and Social Practitioner roles interconnect an integral golden thread through people, to place, nature and wellbeing, creating formats of social cohesion, through social dialogue, fun, doodles and play. Discovering interventions through autoethnography approaches to explore self-identity through her art practice, resulting in creative antidote’s as processed conversational pieces or interventions she shares through pedagogy.
Her advocacy explores subtle ways to influence everyday people to reduce consumption and think twice about waste to reduce landfill, encouraging the ‘reuse or remake’ ethos with links to places in her visual art work, refer to ‘Fun→ Cohesion one word leading into another’. A discarded beachball that leads questions to fun and play but also the discarded high consumerism and disregard society, plastics, carbon footprint and fast fashion that pollute our waters and air. The threat of melting ice-caps washing out our coastlines of memories of the past gone from our beaches and landscapes with an influence of Ecofeminism birthing in her process.
Covid19 restrictions gave growth to nature when the first lockdown began, cleaner beaches and less carbon footprint was apparent, climate action looked hopeful with a need to protect our coastlines threatened with a disappearance underwater for future generations and communities became stronger through shared resilience and support.
“I believe our role as artists hold a responsibility to highlight things we believe in to help positive change as a society and to protect mother nature and each other.”
Danielle’s permanent or temporary public art pieces, paintings, illustrations, contemporary textiles, and art installations also share advocacy, awareness of Mental Health and Neurodivergent hidden disability of ADHD and Dyslexia, creating voice for those who are often left behind with barriers.
Embracing with chance and eco-design her art connects people together in her visual artwork to local neighbours and a virtual community and her two children. Lockdown over the last 12 months has grown from independent research from accessing virtual online international events, building resilience of creative survival beyond just being a role of an artist, but a mother, a neighbour and an arts and wellbeing tutor.
It’s been a lifeline for some to be coping under a variety of Covid19 quarantines the power that art, nature, doodling and social dialogue can bring! Refer to ‘Isolation Booth’ community interventions or contact artist for further info…
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Art made friends and generated community spirit ground level up reducing isolation. Conversational engagements and positive wellbeing were lifted whilst we all adapted at social distance but created a unity at Union Street from the ‘Isolation Booth’ temporary installation and the special moments that evolved their after… (Refer to photo Montage of ‘Isolation Booth’)
Danielle Chappell Aspinwall
On the 11th April 2020, ‘Isolation Booth’ was installed on a doorstep as an initial one off Saturday evening to lift spirits and connect with others after knowing only a couple of the neighbours. Understanding a different isolation feeling with motherhood and living in a new area, loneliness and post-natal depression artist Danielle knew only too well… Making and creating art for conversational pieces to engage social dialogue was something she explored to overcome anxiety, the need for being outdoors and interaction with people in a place is anecdotal in her autoethnography approaches…
This unlocked a way of connecting to her street that evolved in their collaboration that fed into her action research to ‘The Roles of an Artist’ is and can be and how their role is dual connected to their community which social cohesion and unity is care for placemaking and pride of place .
Flashing lights symbolised Danielle’s Blackpool Illuminations heritage, shone from around the eco-sculpture, with positive messages of Lifting Spirits and thanking the NHS, music requests were played from the ‘Alexa speaker’ which at social distance brought joy on the street, neighbours wanted this to be a weekly feature- which then a beautiful snowball effect of dual hosted Quiz, Bingo, Scavenger Hunts and weekly conversations with music that got them through lockdown.
The work has been published in several online articles including ‘The Double Negative’ and ‘Cumbria Life Magazine’ March 2021, as well as being published in a book ‘Through the Locking Glass’ and touring around Cumbria in exhibition.
Fun-Cohesion One Word Leading Into Another, photo montage
A family finding a discarded beachball, evolving thoughts of their memory and connection to this coastline, leaving their physical trace behind. Society as a whole have fallen in a trap of high consumerism and plastic throw away society. Covid19 gave nature a pause of regrowth and litter-less beaches and cleaner air.
An upset child leaving their broken beachball with teeth marks in- engrains another upset of spoilt landscape for others to see the brightly coloured ball, not only spoiling our landscape but a possibility of the plastic damaging sea life and wildlife along the shoreline or drifting out to sea… An interlink between fun and play with a mutual respect as individuals to do our bit reducing landfill and discarding waste appropriately protecting small steps for mothering nature and climate emergency.
This leads in harmony of the ‘Fun – Cohesion’ dual connection with the artists broken child’s drawing toy, their found beach ball, their beach towel and broken threads from past work from the studio they made and created through play and fun for the studio installation photography still. Recycled materiality in the approach exploring the narrative of the two entities that found materials of fun and preloved memories in the objects married into a new narrative. Further discussion of landfill, waste management and how we can save things from landfill and remake into something else through fun and play and recreating new stories.
(Danielle’s advocacy in demonstrating ways to use found and preloved recycled materials in eco art and upcycling workshops she holds online workshops with Cumbria Community Learning and Skills, freelance and also in her art studio on Duke Street inside the St Marys Hospice Furniture Warehouse, where she has a partnership with St Marys Hospice)
‘Fun – Cohesion’ one word leading into another