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.
Since childhood Park collected seeds, shells, leaves, and minerals to draw, and recalls viewing the details and patterns as maps or codes to other worlds. 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 studied performance from Joan Jonas, Anna Halprin, and Linda Montano.
Park has studied energy medicine and movement from masters of Butoh, Qi Gong, Curanderas in Mexico, Shaman in Amazonia, whilst maintaining a Yoga practice for
nearly 20 years.
Park’s work has exhibited internationally and has received numerous grants and awards.
As a recipient of a Fulbright research award and a grant from the Cultural Affairs Department of the US Embassy in Ecuador, where she lived and worked for over 2 years, she launched a solo exhibition that traveled to various museums in South America.
In addition she has held teaching appointments at the Universidad Central (Quito, Ecuador), University of Texas at Austin and Castiglione Fiorentino, Italy.
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.'
Park works to create an energy field from layering carefully selected materials that emulate the accumulation of life itself. 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.