Danielle Redden is an art historian who received her MA in the History of Art and Archaeology from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies. Her work focuses on contemporary artists of African descent, specifically in performance art and new media. She is passionate about visual art as a bridge between communities and believes that engagement with art and creativity is an essential human need. She has been a guest lecturer on Contemporary Art out of Africa at Cairn University and was a presenter at the Weatherford College Philosophy of Religion and the Arts Conference in 2019. Redden currently resides in Philadelphia, where she enjoys exploring the city’s vibrant arts and culture sector.
Danielle Redden further explores the Wind Fellows in her Spotlight of Meg Wolensky.
Meg Wolensky is a painter who uses bold colors and objects to visually process the complex nature of memory, identity, and formation of self. Wolensky takes a profoundly personal approach to figurative and still life painting, which are treated as snapshots within the framework of Wolensky’s life narrative. As a result, their paintings carry an emotional charge, conveying the anxiety, pain, hope, and freedom within experiences of relationships, sexual identity, personal trauma, and global upheaval. Rubbing against Barthes’ 20th-century concept of “Death of the Author”, Wolensky’s history and story are fundamental to their work’s meaning.