Inspired by dance, I begin with an intuitive movement off of the canvas and then record that same movement in paint. This gesture morphs as I move across the surface of the canvas and an image unfolds.
"For an art historian such as me, the thrill derived from Riede’s canvases resides in how they resolve the cleavage between two
primary and divergent lineages in art history, marked on the one hand by the pure and even utopian expressions of abstract painting that
hit its zenith in the middle of the twentieth century and, on the other hand by a figurative impulse that embraced everyday life. With
great economy, Riede contains within the compact space of her painting both the inherited legacy of mid-twentieth century modernism (which all painters must confront at one point or the other) and the performative ethos of the new art forms that challenged it."
-Excerpt from Max Weintraub's essay, Danielle Riede: Between abstraction and alchemy
Click on the link above and scroll to page 27 to find the full essay in English. Max Weintraub, PhD, is the President of the Allentown Art Museum.