Dani Dodge’s work confronts emotion. It invites people to write, to burn, to tear, to throw. It requires participants to reveal. “Afterfear” at HB Punto Experimental in San Diego (December 2016 to February 2017) was an installation created from the ghosts of her exhibitions past.
Visitors were invited into a room to witness the remnants of fear, and contemplate, who are these residual ghosts? Are they us?
The interactive installation included:
- A wall of glass bricks, which were made with the ashes of people’s burned fears.
- Wall panels that were the painted and sealed remains of a previous installation in which people tore wallpaper from the walls.
- Sculptures made primarily from recycled stryofoam that represented emotions or ideas expressed in previous installations.
- Abstract paintings on paper created by setting off fireworks as the artist worked to exorcise her own fear of the sound of explosions. The show included a video of her creating the work.
- Visitors wrote what haunts them on slips of wallpaper and glued them on a blank wall to create art from their fears.
“If we can't banish our fears, we must learn to live among their ghosts,” Dodge said.