Dana Weiser – Culver City – 07/31/2013

Dana Weiser was born in Korea, adopted by American Jewish parents, and grew up in Minneapolis. This mixed heritage has led to an art practice that deals with culture and identity issues. Growing up, she remembers many painful encounters that have found there place in her work as textural rebellion against racism and what it spawns. Within the beautiful and intricate work of beading she has inscribed these slurs in the context of the home, represented by giant doilies and etchings on ornate mirrors.  With an MFA in ceramics, she incorporates these issues into sculptures (ceramic, mixed media, and most recently illuminations) that reference the many faces one has to assume when dealing with one’s identity. She hopes that her art encourages the viewer to explore their use of stereotypes and offensive behaviors, thereby resulting in a more tolerant and enlightened society.