Daphne Minkoff combines painting with imagery photographed during her travels and everyday life in Seattle. The images represent small "excerpts of life, a passing glance, a fleeting memory or momentary recollection of a place," and the pairings are focused on how those things intersect. Minkoff finds unconventional beauty through disparate elements, and her work is a unique balance of the mundane and poetic, abstract and realistic, bucolic and gritty. She believes that if artists are a barometer of civilization, they are therefore also documentarians-dictating observations about the churning of society and the changes that are a result of that fermentation, agitation and upheaval. The work is "a metaphor for life". Her paintings are a search for stability, structure or a modest moment of beauty (like a worn surface or haphazard still life) in our crazed, unhinged world - revealing a quiet, humble truth that speaks to her.
Daphne Minkoff received her BFA from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, with honors in painting. She has received numerous awards, including the Juror's award from the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, Washington. She currently teaches painting and drawing at North Seattle College and shows her work at the Linda Hodges Gallery in Seattle, WA.
photo: Julie Graber