Danielle Peters was born in Tustin, California. She minored in Art History and received her B.F.A. in Printmaking from the University of Kansas in 2009. In the Spring of 2009 she studied printmaking in Seoul, Korea at Hongik University. She then returned to the West Coast to create work from home and explore the art scene in San Francisco. She now resides in Athens, Georgia and pursues her M.F.A. in Printmaking from the University of Georgia. She has exhibited work across the U.S. and internationally (Alberta, Canada, Tokyo, Japan, Seoul, Korea, and Cairo, Egypt).

Danielle Peters


The wild people

09.12.2012 to 02.01.2012

Danielle Peters's interest focuses in both printmaking and performance, which have come together in an exploration of the human body as a form of expression in modern day subcultures.

During her residence, Danielle worked in the preparation of a paper suit printed in woodcut on Japanese paper. The prints became a hundred of "feathers" that gave shape to a "birdy" human body,  which the artist wore during her performance in the wild forests of Tigre at the Paraná RIver islands, in Buenos Aires Province.


The idea for “The Wild People” came to me when I first saw the engravings of Wild Men (or “woodwoses”) by Martin Schongauer and Albrecht Dürer. I was very interested in how these mythical people were illustrated in medieval European paintings and prints with full bodies of colorful fur, a symbol of their “otherness”.

My use of paper has often stood as a similar symbol of this “wildness” or raw visceral experience.  The fur, flagella, and scale-like modules I use to create the compositions of both my drawings and paper sculptures stand for the physical and mental sensations humans experience but may choose to ignore or hide due to social pressure. I am very attracted to things that cause immediate physical sensations that the outside world and our own self-consciousness can sometimes interfere with. 

This is an aesthetic and theme in my work that I plan to expand upon in this new performance series wherein I perform in hand cut paper Wild People costumes that resemble the apparel associated with certain modern day subcultures. I am very curious about other methods in which people go about this self-discovery and how they organize together to reject their culture’s morals and create their own ethical code, one that better serves their interests.  

Through adapting and stylizing the musical tastes, body language, apparel, dance, and jargon that define certain subcultures my performances will reawaken the myth of the “The Wild People”.