A view from my desk/dashboard…

My new series has really opened my eyes to the existence of muses. It truly has become more of a lifestyle at this point than a few objects that get produced from my tinkering. To make them I need to move, travel, and explore. Only when in motion do these obscure muses present themselves.

Scottsboro Alabama

Since the series started in the beginning of summer I have wondered around the south aimlessly and burned rubber up and down the east coast in my tiny roller skate car. For me, traveling is an important tool I use to deepen my experience of “self” in the world. It is essentially effortless introspection.

Little Rock Arkansas

I decided to title each piece in the series after the location I was in while forming the idea in my head. I thought this told a little more of the story and made them a bit more mysterious.

Richmond, Virginia

“Chance and chance alone has a message for us. Everything that occurs out of necessity, everything expected, repeated day in and day out, is mute. Only chance can speak to us.”

― Milan KunderaThe Unbearable Lightness Of Being

Atlanta, Georgia

I am working on another roadkill type piece now, here is a sneak peak!  Cheers! Until next time.

In progress “Lancaster Pennsylvania”

oxoxox DJ


Go see my work at “A life still” @ the North Carolina Museum of Art

My piece got into the North Carolina Museum of Art! So damn excited! Check it out online below or check it out in person! The Exhibition opens  October 21, 2012 and is up through January 13, 2013. The part I am geeking out about is that this exhibit will be running adjacent to “Still-Life Masterpieces: A Visual Feast from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston features European and American paintings and decorative arts from the Renaissance to the present. My inner child is still squealing. My work is going to be hanging a stones throw from paintings by Manet, Renoir, and Cézanne, among many others. The best part is that the first piece I have every gotten into a museum show is a piece of raw meat, on a plate. 😀  Cheers for now!


New A Life, Still Submission!

Danielle James
Generous Helping
East Carolina University
Found Ceramic Plate, Cloisonne Enamel, Copper.
1 ft x 1ft
Artist statement: This piece presents the viewer with a discussion about something we all encounter everyday, food. Particularly food portions and how they have changed throughout recent history. While plates at your local restaurant and our own dinner tables continue to expand to meet our portion demands. The amount of food our bodies are able to successfully digest remains the same. This unbalanced consuming cycle is one contributing factor to the overwhelming amount of chronic obesity that comes along with our sedentary “still life”.

Danielle James is currently pursuing her graduate degree in the metal arts at East Carolina University. She received her BFA from Millersville University in Lancaster Pennsylvania. She is the brain behind Axe to Grind Designs and currently lives in Greenville, NC with he wonderful cat Princess Zelda.

Tongue in Cheek deadline has been extended!

Extended to the 15th of September!!

I am curating a show, with the help of Margaret and Ellen Hinrichs. Juried by the lovely Jillian Moore!!  Hosted by the Greenville Museum of Art during the 2013 ECU Metals Symposium: Making Marks. Tongue in cheek is a show based around what happens when mockery and material merge.  Presenting the question: Why as makers do we feel the need to bestow laughter into our objects, and why is that laughter so contagious to the viewer?

Below is the call for entries, please spread the word!!

Tongue and Cheek extended Exhibition Call for Entries