Meet Visual Artist Dany Reede
Tell us a little bit about yourself
I am a visual artist living in Winnipeg, Manitoba. I currently facilitate workshops instructing children different mediums of art. I am mostly self taught, with the exception of two years that I spent attending fine arts classes at University of Manitoba.
Why do you make art?
The process of creating art is mostly for myself, but it is also important to me that people can take away what they want from the work I am releasing. While my work is autobiographical in my own weird way, people can identify with it. I like getting messages from people that are inspired by my art because maybe I am helping them feel empowered to make their own paintings, or zines or anything really. Making art is also a habit, a constant, and something that makes sense to me as much as drinking water when you are thirsty. Creating work is a way for me to stay productive and cope with social anxiety, depression, and addiction.
What do you think of your work?
I think the art I make is simple, or naive. I am not an intellect, and rarely conceptual and I believe that it connects with people on a basic human level. It isn’t really special and often a bit repetitive, but it is honest. I feel like a lot of stoners dig my work, and that is probably more intentional than I would like to admit. I also get a lot of messages from younger people trying to navigate their own lives that tell me that my art is influential to them. This is important to me because as much as I wallow in self-deprecation, it means that people are getting ideas from something I put out there. It means that people are having that same spark I had as a young person getting motivation from my favourite artists.
What’s your favorite piece or series you’ve ever done?
My favourite series I’ve done is a one frame comic called Teenage Pizza. It is not very relevant to the art I make, but it was pretty fun to share with friends. It was a super crudely drawn comic that appeared in the diversions section of The Manitoban. It was mostly just obscure emo references mixed with different pizza puns. I was in a relationship with a sweetheart in Portland, and it was mostly a comic I wrote for them.
Who/what are you inspired by?
I’m inspired by so many visual artists, too many to go through. There was an old graffiti crew in Winnipeg called 26. They used to do these prefab paintings on little pieces of wood, and then use staple guns and nails to apply them to any surface they could. It was super interesting to see when I was a kid. I didn’t really understand it and I think that is why I was so attracted to it. One of the artists was Shaun Morin, who’s characters stood out to me and irreversibly impacted me. Also while my work might not reflect it, I like to go on walks or hikes, and find them to be super stimulating as far as creativity goes. I like to collect little things like beach glass, bones and fossils. I feel like my collection rituals are reflected in my artwork with my characters and weird settings.
What (if anything) do you want your art to accomplish?
I would like my art to inspire others to create in their own way and inspire a new generation of diy weirdos.
What would you choose for your last meal?
For my last meal I would have two grilled cheese sandwiches, a bowl of tomato soup and a can of Brewhouse beer. Both sandwiches would be on rye bread, one with two slices of Kraft Singles, and the other would be heavily loaded with Armstrong marble cheese and hot sauce.
To keep up with Reede’s work, visit: http://danyreede.com/