Curiosity is Key

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Curiosity is Key

Danielle Hodgson
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Mixed media - oil, acrylic, ink and soft pastel
34cm x 34cm
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Danielle Hodgson was born in the country town of Tenterfield, New South Wales and feels very fortunate to live in Lower Beechmont in the Gold Coast Hinterland.

Since a young child through to adolescence, Danielle has held a deep passion for art and the environment. It was, however, Danielle's passion for the environment which led into tertiary studies in ecology, where Danielle held a four-year career in the field before a psychotic breakdown in December 2017, aged 27. Following on, Danielle was officially diagnosed with schizophrenia, MDD and severe anxiety (panic attack disorder).

From there, Danielle's life just felt like one, uncontrollable, giant rollercoaster ride - Danielle was just locked in for the emotional ups and downs, and twists and turns. Danielle lost friends, her career and passion for the environment, self-confidence, and critically, her sense of independence. Thanks to art, Danielle has now found solace.

Danielle is more grounded, and has been able to express inner emotions in ways that were not previously possible. This has also coincided with an increase in inner confidence, which in particular has been demonstrated through sharing art via social media.

"This expressionistic self-portrait of my eye depicts and abstract 'keyhole' as the pupil, inviting a sense of curiosity and depth, which extends beyond the eye socket and through to the body. The idea came to me through meditation where I kept seeing the vision of an eye. At first it was alarming to see and I brushed it off, but then with time, I decided to open my mind to it and I found that being curious is key; key to a better understanding of my sense of self, sense of purpose, sense of being and belonging.

The keyhole invites the viewer to be awake to the density this world offers.
The keyhole also can be interpreted as a dark cave, lit up with a gold; gold representative of being suddenly ‘woke’ to nature’s energy and your place in it.

Curiosity is key."

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