My work in printmaking and painting helps me navigate through the space of memory. I ask questions like “whose memories are these”, “Did I make this memory up”, and “how much do I really know about my past?” My work centers on the mysterious nature of growing up as an identical twin. We often have different memories of the same experiences. Growing up I struggled with finding my own identity as a unique individual that was part of a unit. Now I ask myself if it matters how unique I am. I will often start a piece with an object that rotates or moves back and forth such as an Estonian Windmill, Ferris Wheel or Carousel. Some of these objects spark real memories for me, some only show me how my past exists with me in the present. The rotating nature of these footholds keeps bringing me back to the beginning. I use the translucent nature of silk organza, acrylic Plexiglas and bee’s wax encaustic paint to layer the imagery in a kind of dream reality. I have started incorporating light into my pieces as a way to enhance the dimensionality of this deep and hidden space, only allowing certain elements to become clear.
Dana Harris Seeger was born in El Granada, California. She received her MFA in Printmaking from San Jose State University in 2011 and her BA in Painting from Anderson University in 2004. She has been a member of the California Society of Printmakers since 2011. In 2012 she was an Artist in Residence at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California and taught Lithography courses there. In 2014 she co-founded an art studio and school in San Jose called the School of Visual Philosophy. She currently runs the school with her husband, a sculptor and holds her studio there. She exhibits her work nationally and has been published in Studio Visit Magazine. She has won awards for her work including 3rd Place Print for her lithograph "Toledo" at the Triton Museum's Annual 2D Salon in 2017 as well as winning the Auvil Printmaking Award while at San Jose State two years in a row. She was recently named one of KQED's 10 Bay Area Women to Watch as well as becoming a member of the Worldwide Association of Female Professionals. She resides in Ben Lomond, California with her husband Yori Seeger, daughter Lyla and twin boys Hayden and Esben.