Daphane Park creates paintings, objects, installation and performance experimenting
with energy, transformation, and healing ritual. Her work inquires into mythical realms
of humanity and nature, an invitation to sense the physical, emotional and energetic relationships between nature and human.
Park's investigations and work highlight a need to question the basic categories and values through which we look at societies today. This is in part an expression of unifying opposites such as science/spirituality, human/non-human, idealism/realism, and utopic/dystopic, male/female, micro/macro, especially in relation to the multiplicity of the forms of nature.
Park’s inquiries into ancient and indigenous land-based cultures as well as her own Native American ancestry led her to study energy medicine from across the globe, including work in the far interior Amazon, where she lived and studied under two Shaman Dreamers (Zapara communities of Peru and Ecuador). Daphane has also studied performance from Joan Jonas, Anna Halprin, and Linda Montano.
In her youth Park began traveling south from her homeland Indiana hitching rides through Mexico and Central America. She was investigating research in Mayan Cosmology and Central American politics and was part of a group to help escort Guatemalan refugees from a camp in Southern Mexico back into Guatemala. In 1992, after traveling into the mountains of El Salvador, Park contracted Cholera and was pronounced dead. She miraculously recovered, suddenly waking up on a horrible cot to the excitement and urgency of being
late for a meeting in Nicaragua with a strong love interest. This was the beginning of her life’s quest to understand 'life force energy.'
Many of her installations engage all of the senses including the subtle energy body through the use of sounds, fragrances, elixirs and materials specific to each environment she creates. Park’s work has been shown at special projects for the New Orleans Biennial and Moscow Biennial as well as the New Museum’s Festival of Ideas, and Museum of Old and New Art, Australia.
Let’s Meet in the Mineral World, MASS Gallery, Austin, TX.
ArseTotem, commission for Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), TAS, Australia.
Maggots 2 Riche$, New Media Art Sound Summit, Austin, TX.
2011 - 2012
‘Gangster Mini’, Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), TAS, Australia.
Superconductor II, Honey Space, NY.
Superconductor, Creative Research Laboratory, Austin, TX.
True Originals, Volitant, Austin, TX.
Guess Who The Fuck's Coming to Town
Lisa Boyle Gallery, Chicago, IL.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Every Woman Biennial, La MaMa Galleria, NY.
2017 - 2018
Light Bodies, performance commissioned for the grand opening of PHAROS, Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), TAS, Australia
Heavy Metal, Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), TAS, Australia.
Family Business, Cold Castle, NY.
Gangster Mini, Museum of Old and New Art, TAS, Australia.
Never Ever Ever Land, Anna Kustera Gallery, NY.
Apocalypse, Old School, SPRING BREAK, NY.
Honey me to Tears, Honey Space, NYC
Nomadic Tea Room,
Moscow Biennale Of Contemporary Art
New York Tea Ceremony
Festival of Ideas, New Museum
Ex Deo Libertas!
Life is Art, West Sonoma, CA.
Order of 8, Eiffel Society, New Orleans, LA.
Do You Want Gold?, Honey Space NY.
Voodoo, City Park and New Orleans Botanical Gardens.
New Orleans Biennial, Life is Art Foundation, New Orleans, LA.
A Course in Minerals, Life is Art, New Orleans, LA.
Femme Fantastique, Volitant, Austin, TX.
2005 Pool video, A Covenant of Creatures
Art Basel, Miami Beach, FL.
Aqua Art Fair, Miami 2005 Magnan Projects, NY. 2004 Group Exhibition and
Cartografías, cuerpos y el deseo, Traveling Solo Exhibition Art forum, Quito, Ecuador, Museo del Banco Central, Cuenca, Ecuador, el Museo del CEN, Guyaquil, Ecuador (catalogue).
2002 – 2003
Lecturer, University of Texas, Castiglione Fiorentino, Italy.
2000 – 2002
Lecturer, University of Texas Austin, TX
1997 – 1999
Lecturer, Universidad Central, Quito, Ecuador.
RECOGNITIONS / AWARDS / RESIDENCIES
Artist in Residence, Casa Wabi, Mexico
Joan Jonas Invitational Performance Workshop and Private Performance Creative Research Laboratory, Austin, TX.
2004 - 2006
Chashama Studio Residency at 40 worth, NY.
Creative Projects Grant, US Cultural A airs, US Embassy Quito, Ecuador.
1997 - 1999
Fulbright Research Award, Ecuador (with 9 month extension and traveling exhibition).
University of Texas Continuing Fellowship.
University of Texas Art and Art History Research Award.
1991 - 1997
University of Texas at Austin, MFA. Indiana University, Honors BA
University of Study Abroad.
University of Texas Scholarship for Texas Travel Grant, Italy.
1994 - 1996
David Price Endowed Presidential Scholarship, University of Texas
Indiana University Honors Division Creative Research and Travel Grant, Central America.