L A N D S C A P E N A R R A T I V E S
B I O G R A P H Y
I was born and raised in North Eastern Pennsylvania. My early childhood was spent with my sister and our cats in a very old very beautiful Tudor house on an isolated street in the nook of a hill. By the age of ten, my parents had divorced and my mother could no longer manage the large house on her own. So we moved into a small vinyl sided cube in the quaint suburban town of Kingston.
I had no real sense of my childhood. Coming to this new busy world of culture and social groups I began to practice the art of voyeurism. I had to learn from the neighborhood kids and fellow students in school how to orchestrate myself in this new world. Meandering though public school I learned the art of socializing quickly and managed to build a good reputation and a legion of sterile friends to support myself socially, as well as a small pool of genuine faces I’d remain connected to in the years to follow.
Though sociable, I was very reclusive and confined myself to my own little world, and thus at the age of eleven began the delicate practice of making miniatures. As the years progressed I’d find that developing the aesthetics of this universe would stimulate me intellectually as well as artistically, and would grant me far more satisfaction than the alternative; which was reality.
Between a dad who loves to travel, and a mother who’s Israeli, I had managed to see a great deal of the world for being so young. But none of my travels would prepare me for when at the age of 17, I was by chance invited to go see a show at a local venue. I had no understanding of the music; but I experienced the passion and energy connected to it, and by the end of the night I was riding home in the trunk of a van, reeking of sweat that wasn’t mine, holding a miniature wheel-lock pistol I had just found in my pocket.
In the years to follow I would re-gear my artwork to act as a clothesline between my world and the one I experienced that night, and focus on creating the same level of empathy and passion I’d see in punk shows to the tranquil scenes of my little world’s internalized landscapes.
- Daniel Hy Davidowitz