Artwork by DaJaniere Rice

My name is DaJaniere Rice (day-juh-near) and I’m a multidisciplinary artist from Inkster, Michigan. Art has always been a gateway for me to express myself and learn more about who I am as a human being and artist. Being a person who has struggled with depression and anxiety, art and design have become my places of solace to reflect and get out of my own head. Oil, acrylic, digital, and fiber are my primary mediums. I graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2017 with a BFA in graphic design. Currently, I’m a full-time graphic designer and part-time artist residing in Michigan. I also host paint parties, paint murals, and make merch for my business, Janier Co. Outside of work, you’ll find me scrolling through Pinterest, walking my pitbull baby, or riding my bike around my community.

My intersectional identities as a black, woman, artist, sister, daughter, aunt, niece, and American, and the experiences I have due to these identities, inspire the work that I create. These identities have an impact on how I view myself and how the world views me. With art being my expressive form of therapy and mindfulness, I use a variety of mediums, including oil, acrylic, digital, and fiber, to convey the different emotions going on inside of me. This helps me be able to gain clarity and healing about events/situations happening in the world and in my personal life. Some viewers of my art may share similar intersectional identities or experiences that will ignite feelings of nostalgia or even make them be able to empathize more deeply, while other viewers may gain a new perspective that challenges their own thoughts or feelings. Either way, by sharing my experiences and inviting viewers into my mind, I’m hoping to create a vulnerable and intimate space for them to connect with my pieces on a deeper level.

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