Canadian artist Danielle Cole was born and raised in Toronto, ON, where she has developed a playful yet critical analog collage practice using original vintage materials. Her works often consider the absurdity of domestic roles and the need for material goods in present consumerist culture.
In her recent series, We Should Talk, Cole incorporates original advertisements and ephemera from the 1920s – 1970s in collage works that express a critical investigation of gender norms and their portrayal in popular media and culture at large. In her own words, the series “explores the ways in which men and women are gently declining to say the lines and wear the costumes that go with their prescribed roles.”
Cole’s works have been included in recent group exhibitions at the United Contemporary Gallery; Toronto, MERZ Gallery; Toronto, and the University of New Brunswick among many others. Her works are held in the public art collections of Doug and Laurie Kanyer and the MERZ Gallery; Toronto, and may be found in numerous private collections across Canada and internationally in New Zealand, and the U.S.A. Cole has been selected as a feature artist on a series of Collective Arts Breweries internationally distributed consumer products, and in the Toronto Transit Commission’s Life on the Line project. In addition to her independent artistic practice, Cole works as a high school teacher and art department head with the Toronto District School Board.