Danae Thyssen is a successful emerging South Australian Visual Artist who has completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts, a Graduate Diploma of Art, Craft & Design and a Masters in Art, Craft & Design. Danae was a finalist in the Emma Hack Art Prize in 2015. In 2016, Danae was a finalist in the Australian Contemporary Art Awards, along with being an exhibiting artist and Co-Curator of the Little Rundle Street Art Project. Danae also participated in the Australian Milano Art Invasion at Artmeet Gallery / Art Expo 2015 and was included in the digital display at the Louvre reception of the Exposure Award Show at the Louvre in 2015, in "The Dreamers Collection".
Danae is deeply committed to the role of education through art and utilizing artistic expression as the means of developing socially engaged art initiatives that showcase how art and publicly engaged art projects can effectively work together to create specific artworks that assist in raising awareness on many topics. Furthermore, she supports the concept of art as a means of encouraging and inspiring, along with offering support, health and healing to develop greater well-being for individuals and within the broader community as being exceptionally valuable. The marriage between the health sciences and art industry is one of particular interest to Danae, who is aware that by encouraging partnerships with various organisations and individuals, there is a great capacity for education and transformations to take place, with a distinct perspective and knowledge of how art and variations of art-therapy have the amazing capacity to assist with healing and insight.
As an artist, Danae is of the belief that it is her role and responsibility to initiate conversations on various topics, to evaluate and challenge society’s perceptions. The intention is always to create a fresh dialogue through her artworks and by doing so, heal, transform and aid understanding on the full spectrum of important issues. One conversation at a time! Many themes explored within her photographic art practice emerge from personal reflection and memory. They are often voyeuristic, yet make reference to her own fragmented existence, whilst trying to capture fleeting moments of beauty and a romanticised memory of the past. Exploring topics related to identity, connection and disconnection, there is a narrative undertone, an emotive and unsettling disquiet within many images. They are layered with a kaleidoscope of emotions that resonate with feelings of desire, loss and isolation, unfulfilled passions and conflicting ideals.