Catharsis Art


The work created by artist J. Danielle Hubbard intends to push boundaries, just as hers have been pushed throughout her existence. An explicit introduction into an unstable life shaped her career as an artist. Her artwork is an examination, exposing the heart as a spotlight towards truth. Without this element of subject matter being painfully personal, she says art is not worth making. She seeks to form a bond with the viewer much like the one that can be established during a devastating personal or natural disaster. She observes the way humans come together in these times of crises to share their struggles with a compassion and raw honesty that is otherwise often suppressed, hidden, or numbed. She attempts to communicate in this same way through her exhibitions.

She is aware of the simultaneously naïve and yet noble spark the human spirit possesses. Hubbard laments something that is lost as we mature through all our suffering. We are weathered by this climate, often powerless, becoming the small stone in the ocean that is pushed back and forth. What once was a sharp majestic mountain peak, stretching thousands of feet into the sky, is now a soft pebble merely tumbling to and fro at the mercy of the great forces of nature, eventually vanishing into nothing. Her work illuminates this phenomenon. In her artworks expression there is a sense of nostalgic awe towards all of life's wonder and ache, its light and dark movements. Her work records existence as it knowingly tries to grasp the impossible mark of permanence. It is not that a mountain is more beautiful than a pebble, but the progression of it's wearing down is the process of life.

This is what her work is driven by, a sense of wanting to push to the point of tearing something open; a sort of excavation. In a way, her work focuses on a kind of universal spirituality, which can be taught in numerous ways, but yet always seems to come back to the same effects, love, and freedom.

A California native, Hubbard studied Photography and received a Bachelor of Arts at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2002. Her exhibitions often reach beyond the medium of straight photography, involving image-based installations including elements of performance/ audience interaction, sculpture, and sound. Her greatest influences are Sophie Calle and her mother and father.

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