Dana's desire to create awareness and caring for our living world is central to her work. She explores the mysteries of the natural world and makes a statement about both nature and humanity's fragile relationship with nature. Dana incorporates wabi-sabi in her compositions. Wabi-sabi is a traditional Japanese aesthetic which signifies acceptance of transience and imperfection. Wabi-sabi is an understated beauty that exists in the modest, rustic and imperfect, an aesthetic sensibility that finds beauty in the impermanence and imperfections of all thing. Wabi-sabi is modest, quiet, reveres authenticity and celebrates the cracks, fading and all other marks that time, weather and use leave behind. Things that are aged, humble and modest are therefore beautiful in a small and quiet way and she tries to capture this simple and understated beauty in nature. A conscious effort to honor the mundane and incidental is part of her philosophy. Dana wants the viewer to be drawn into the work and contemplate the fragile connection we have with nature as well as the moral weight of our influence on it. To this end, she explores the intersections of human society and the natural world, tradition and innovation, art and science, and time and change.
In her mixed-media paintings, Dana incorporates wabi-sabi and captures the small and simple beauty of nature. She integrates natural materials found in our forests, quarries and oceans, as well as pigments, pastes and mediums and recreates organic textures on her canvases. Painting for Dana is an intuitive, dynamic and evolving process and her work is a continuous investigation of abstraction and exploration of color and texture. For her, the ultimate creative expression involves the integration of spirituality, zen sensibility, and earth's natural materials.
Dana Mano-Flank received her degree in Comparative Arts from Washington University in St. Louis. After a career in the non-profit community, working as an executive director and program director, she decided to return to her passion. In mid 2012, she fulfilled this long delayed commitment and devoted herself to artistic endeavors, and in 2015 started studying under Stella Zhang. Dana has displayed her work in solo, invitational, and juried exhibitions in museums, galleries, and art centers throughout the United States.
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