Danae Bennett Miller
Danae makes one-of-a-kind sculptures using a lost wax method of casting with bronze and glass. Each sculpture is made from many individual parts that start as melted wax and are poured out in slabs. Each ragged slab becomes a building block for the final sculpture. A foundry casts the wax parts into bronze and Danae adds the patina, then assembles the final piece. Although she is known for her large public artworks, she also creates smaller, table-top pieces that are highly collectable.
Earlier this year, her proposal for this large installation called “A Journey Through a Land of Contrasts” was chosen for the Sisters Roundabout. It will feature an elk and three antelope amidst a natural setting of basalt columns, rock, and trees. The rocks and basalt columns have been chosen and are in storage in Sisters. Some of the wax pieces have already been sent off to the foundry for casting in bronze. Everything will be in place by late October. Her public art can also be found in Bend at the roundabout at Newport and 9th, the Fountain at the end of Minnesota in downtown Bend, and the Deschutes County Human Health and Services Buildling, and heron in Barclay Park in downtown Sisters.
Danae lives in Tumalo, where she gets her inspiration from the ranch animals and wildlife that surround her. She also finds that printmaking is a good avenue for her love of drawing and experession. Her monoprints show exquisite use of line and color. Embossing and shaping paper over forms that she creates adds to the sculptural effects of the two-dimensional print process.
Driving Directions to my Studio at
18775 Pinehurst Rd, Bend, Oregon:
• From Highway 20 and Fryrear Rd., continue 5.2 miles toward Bend.
• Turn sharply right onto Pinehurst Rd. (at Bend Distillery Sign).
• Continue on Pinehurst for 1.7 miles to driveway on the left (across from Allen Rd.).
• Studio is to the right, first building, at end of driveway..