Dan Downing, Intimate darkness, 2015, Mixed media. Dimensions variable (detail), Inland Residency Program. Photo courtesy the artist.

Intimate darkness is staring into the void, thinking of all the things to do and places to go that will not be experienced while in the grips of depression-anxiety. The wandering mind explores possibilities and limitations in a confronting and condemning analysis of one’s ‘other self’.

Lying on a bed, quiet and motionless, staring up at the ceiling.

Dan Downing, Intimate darkness, 2015, Mixed media. Dimensions variable (detail), Inland Residency Program. Photo courtesy the artist.

Coming from a Graphic Design background, for his Honours project, Dan Downing explored non-commercial packaging design as art. Through this work he attempted to break out from what he perceived was a creative prison, and while his escape was successful, it left him with a hunger for more experimentation.

Dan’s Honours work also revealed a prevalent duality, always looking at the other side of the coin. Over the course of his academic career he has studied both science and art, is both analytical and creative, and seems pre-programmed to think in two opposite directions. Through art he found this duality became a valuable tool-set, often asking unexpected questions and striking an interesting balance between opposing factors; form and function, science and spirituality, interior and exterior, chaos and order.

Dan is also participating as an artist in the xs collective.