Carrying : A Solo Exhibition by Danielle Wyckoff

Artist Statement

Recognizing the minute and infinite connective threads among us, my work addresses our abilities to love and the ways in which that shared capacity both unifies and separates us. We know each other insofar as we know how loving and losing love feels.

Each project I pursue iterates what it is to love. Furthermore, each project suggests an experience of immersion, a sensation evocative of love, often comparing such a sensation to being in water or drawing from certain properties of the element.

To explore, represent, and further entangle us within this conceptual framework, I create installations, prints, drawings, sculptures, and videos as well as collect stories about love from those willing to share. My projects acknowledge and elicit the shifting natures of love and water, their beauty and breathlessness, their terror and transience.

My work relishes in the individual experience, but simultaneously reveals that what we think matters most is truly what matters least: The “I” and “you” of “I love you.”


Originally from the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, Danielle C. Wyckoff currently lives and works in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is an artist and an educator, teaching at Kendall College of Art and Design. Her work investigates how loving or losing love allows us to empathize with each other, and her work often refers to water. Since moving to Grand Rapids, she has become obsessed with Lake Michigan and finds her way to its shores as often as possible.

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