Comprised of multiple pieces

Danielle Gottesman, The gift of life is thine (2022). Carved Basswood, HDU. 12 x 64 x 12 in.

Danielle Gottesman is a multidisciplinary artist whose work centers on the convergence of technology, anatomy, and language. She draws from the physicality of utilitarian objects and their tendency to closely mirror the bodies of living beings. Gottesman is inspired by the diverse functions, forms, and meanings of these objects, as well as their ability to transcend materiality, evolve into symbols and seep into the realm of language. Pictographic languages like hieroglyphics, digital icons, architectural notations, and public signage have all served as catalysts for her work. Gottesman’s process involves carving such symbols into handcrafted objects, only to translate them back into abstracted images through techniques like etching, photography, and video—thereby emphasizing the reiterative nature of symbols and their potential for varied interpretations. By re-examining standardized imagery, Gottesman questions the pursuit of universal understanding. She seeks to address deeper, unresolved themes of daily life, challenging our illusions of coherence by introducing ambiguity as a truer reflection of reality.

About Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program awards rent-free non-living studio space to 17 visual artists for year-long residencies in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Its mission is to provide working studio space and community for artists. Artists are selected annually based on merit from a competitive pool of applicants by a professional jury comprised of artists and members of the SWSP Artists Advisory Committee.

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program is the new face of the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Space Program, developed for artists, by artists in 1991. In 2014 the program was renamed the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program to honor the legacy of Marie Walsh Sharpe and reflect the new sponsorship and commitment of the Walentas Family Foundation.