Danica Wixom
  • Female
  • Pullman, WA
  • United States
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Organization or Business Name
WSU Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship
Contact Email
dn.wixom@gmail.com
Website
http://imagodei-becoming.blogspot.com
Art Interests
Art History, Arts Ministry, Drawing, Education, Illustration, Mixed Media, Museum/Gallery, Painting, Public Art, Theology, Works on Paper
Artist / Personal Statement
My work as an artist is a shadow of what God does as Creator of the Universe. Imago Dei (Greek, "image of God") is a way of seeing the world and the people within it as God intended them to be. He is the First Artist- the only perfect one- and He created everything with good and perfect intent, including mankind (Gen. 1:26: "Then God said, 'Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness' "). But when man chose evil back in the Garden of Eden, he also chose separation from God, which meant ugliness and the distortion and perversion of every good and perfect thing which God created. Thankfully, the story doesn't end there! The story of Jesus Christ is the story of redeeming what was once lost and perverted. The story is real. {Becoming} Imago Dei is the journey of becoming the woman God made me to be. This process happens through Christ's work already done on the cross and the Holy Spirit, which works to redeem and transform my heart, soul, and mind. The process began when I gave God my whole life and it will not be complete this side of heaven (it is a creative work in progress).


The relationship between man and God is filled with many feelings, joys, obstacles, miracles, and mysteries. I am continually exploring these relationships and complexities through my art. I want my images to each communicate an idea about man and God, how they relate or how they are different, and the connection between them. Look for the contrast between light and darkness as a metaphor for God (holiness) and man (sin). Grace is represented by highly saturated color, because it is where light and dark collide. Look for symbols such as hands (humanity and the Incarnate), keys (salvation), nature (holiness) and water (grace). Many images add a surreal twist to an otherwise normal image. I want my viewer to think about what is happening in the piece and why I chose to portray an image that way. I aim to materialize Christian concepts, presenting them in such a way that by looking at a painting, the viewer can understand what it’s like, for example, to “hope in the Lord" or to "find freedom in Christ." Religion is dead and unfeeling, but life with Christ is moving, expressive, and beautiful.
Accomplishments / CV
DANICA WIXOM
dn.wixom@gmail.com

Undergraduate Senior
Humanities General Studies, Spanish

Washington State University
Pullman, Washington

EDUCATION AND HONORS

Vancouver School of Arts and Academics (VSAA) Fall 2002- Spring 2009
Washington State University (WSU) Fall 2009-present

AWARDS, GRANTS, SCHOLARSHIPS

VSAA PTSA Senior Project Arts Grant Spring 2008
VSAA PTSA Senior Project Arts Grant Spring 2009
AP Scholar Award August 2009
Distinguished Regents Scholar Fall 2009-present
WSU Mortar Board Outstanding Freshman Scholar March 2010
M.E. and Maxine Johnson Scholarship 2011-2012
Kenneth H. Vanderford Scholarship Fund 2011-2012

RESEARCH

VSAA Senior Project- Bilingual Education/ La Educación Bilingüe 2008-2009
WSU Honors College Thesis- Cultural Expressions of Grief Through Art 2011-2012

ARTS EXPERIENCE

Advanced Placement Studio Art 2008-2009
VSAA Yearbook Staff 2008-2009
National Honors Society “Day of Caring” Mural Project Leader Spring 2009
Vancouver First Church of God- Digital Sermon Illustration 2010
Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship- Live Sermon Illustration Fall 2010
NicaImpact (Jinotepe, Carazo, Nicaragua)- Live-in Art Teacher June-July 2011
Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship- Christian Artist’s Circle Founder Fall 2012
WSU Museum of Art- Intern Fall 2011-present
Helped install Chris Olson Art+Architecture (fall 2011), Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition (April 2012), and Works on Paper (fall 2012).
Student Entertainment Board CUB Gallery Programmer Fall 2012-Spring 2013
Multicultural Student Services: 25 Years of Excellence (August-September),
Coug Spirit: The MASC Collection (September-October), Hector Hernandez in
This World Is Not My Home (October-November), Street Voice (November-
December)

ARTS RECOGNITION

Congressional Art Award, Mixed Media— 2008
Washington Apple Education Foundation Honorable Mention— 2008
PTSA Grant Recipient, VSAA (Vancouver, WA)— Spring 2008
Group Gallery Show at Ice Cream Renaissance (Vancouver, WA)— 2009
AP Studio Art, Vancouver School of Arts and Academics (VSAA) (Vancouver, WA)- 2009
PTSA Grant Recipient, VSAA (Vancouver, WA)— Spring 2009
My Experience in Bilingual Education, Senior Project Presentation, Royal Durst Theater (Vancouver, WA)— May 2009
Illuminate Literary Magazine (Western Washington University) — Spring 2010 LandEscapes Literary Magazine, Editor’s Choice, Art— Spring 2010
Featured Artist of the Month, Colfax Arts Council— October 2010
Reinterpreting Reality, WSU CUB Gallery — March 2011
Dean of Students Gallery (Lighty) — Fall 2011
Reinterpreting Reality, WSU CUB Gallery — March 2012
Scribendi National Honors College Literary Magazine— Spring 2012
Imago Dei, Solo Exhibition at WSU Vancouver, Dengerick Administration Gallery—
January-March 2012
Kelly, Kaitlyn, “WSU Honors Student Danica Wixom Uses Art as Therapy” Honors College News, 12 June, 2012 [web]
Ganje, Jessica, “Tuesdays Get Phat” Daily Evergreen, 11 Sept., 2012 [web]
Street, Hannah, “Alum art opens in WSU CUB” Daily Evergreen, 10 Oct., 2012, [web]
Creation AD: An Artist Grieves, Honors College Thesis Presentation, Gallery III Fine Arts Building, Washington State University (Pullman, WA)— October 30, 2012
Summer 2012 Academic Programs International Photo Contest- 3rd Place Winner
2012 Education Abroad Photo Contest- Discovering Local Culture Category Winner

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