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McDaniel works through "Anxiety" with sculptural installation at UICA

An introverted personality, Ryan McDaniel brings his insightful artistic voice to life through his creation.
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"Anxiety" installation by Ryan McDaniel at the UICA for ArtPrize 2012

"Anxiety" installation by Ryan McDaniel at the UICA for ArtPrize 2012 /Adora Trostle

For ArtPrize 2012 Ryan McDaniel has a piece titled, "Anxiety," exibited at the UICA.

McDaniel's art has changed substantially over the years. He started making paintings that one could match up with an obect in reality. His work has become more sculptural, which we see with this installation. Ideally, says McDaniel, he will find an interesting fusion of the two.

"I get anxious when I talk in front of people," admits McDaniel. And yet he made a work that requires him to do just that. "Anxiety" is made up of 8,200 bags in this work, each filled with a breath of air.

"My breaths at the beginning held the most anxiety," he says. McDaniel says he picked an issue close to him and ruminated over it, coming up with a way to manifest the inner dialogue in the form of a cave made of anxious breaths.

"[I'm] making something comforting out of something that is a result of discomfort," laughs McDaniel.

"It's like his subconscious knew it wasn’t right to be indulging his fears,” says Anna Marie Buller, viewing the work. 

Kyle Faulds expressed a feeling similar to fear when looking at this piece. He didn't want to see it, he says, but changed his mind.

"I probably should see it." 

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