June 28 - August 26
When I turned 10 I felt a pang of sadness because I realized that I'd never be a single-digit kid again. I never wanted to grow up but I can't help myself from it. I obsess about the past and find comfort in old things and from my childhood memories; particularly my time spent with my grandparents. When I think of them, I think of their warm homes and all the fascinating things I'd get to dig through. I like remembering the teacups my grandma would use in the morning and the floral pattern that adorned her couch, the rose garden that burst to life in the summer, and the beautiful makeup collection my grandma kept, though I never saw her use any of it. My artwork intuitively carries impressions of my grandparents as they were my first sources of inspiration. With my paintings, I try to solidify wisps of memories and aim to encapsulate the charms my grandparents left me.
Danielle Kroll grew up in New Jersey and was lucky to have a charmed childhood; spending afternoons playing in the woods and weekends with her quirky Polish grandparents. When she was 9, she won acrylic lessons from a local artist and has been painting ever since. She attended Tyler School of Art and graduated with a BFA in design. In 2009, Danielle started working in Anthropologie's Art Department, where she designed store invites and branding collateral. After several years in the company she decided to follow her New York dream and quit her job to pursue her career as an independent illustrator. Danielle's current body of work includes publishing projects, stationary, textile designs, ceramics, product development and personal paintings. Her playful style aims to make your average day a little brighter.. She's particularly inspired by her childhood memories, past decades--especially mid-century art and design, flowers, the outdoors, road trips, and thrift shops.