Deborah Danelley, "untitled," 2004, tea bags, miscellaneous papers, 14 1⁄4" x 14 3⁄4".
By Janice Rosen
Winnipeg’s mid-summer sun is the perfect foil for the dense colour and line found in Deborah Danelley’s mixed media collages. Incorporating the rich brown, saffron and red of tannin-dyed teabags, gold foil, paper money, and shredded text, she offers her popular richly layered panels, in addition to more austere prints pulled from found objects. Danelley’s diverse skills have grown from a strong printmaking background; she incorporates found objects as subject and object, inking them directly, or turning them into quietly striking sculptural pieces. With a studio in Winnipeg’s famous Exchange District, Danelley is easily able to scrounge through its many vintage stores for inspirational objects. Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Danelley has spent her adult life in Winnipeg. After graduating in 1997 from the School of Art at the University of Manitoba, she delved into a mix of sculpture, printmaking and bookmaking. Danelley’s solo show at The Lion and the Rose Gallery in Winnipeg, 204-452-5350, runs August 5 through 29. Her work is also found at the Oak Leaf Gallery in Chemainus, B.C.