ABOUT | crossing and mixing platforms
Danielle 'DMo' Oke artist | writer/director | songwriter/beat vocalist | author | creative researcher
Born 1978, Cairns, Australia
“I tend to think of art as light in darkness, something affirmative that reveals the internal externally. I see our bodies as canvases, telling our life stories. I see each creative platform as a world unto itself, yet existing in a universal picture, always coming into play with each other. This is how I also view the world, as a great interconnected, multidimensional picture. I believe there is a subtle energy that connects us all. It allows us to express our uniqueness and be oneness, all at the same time. It shows us there’s newness in every moment, asserting that anything is possible. To me, it is the artist’s purpose to communicate and share this with the world, to further the connections, to paradoxically unify via uniqueness. And I believe we are all artists in one form or another, we just have to find our voice and what it travels through…” - DMo (Dee-Mo)
DMo has been expressing her artistic vision across the mediums of painting, drawing, design and experimental video art for many years. She loves using vibrant colours and simplicity in form, often combining words with her visuals. She also makes use of recurring themes and design motifs that support her evolving enquiry into universal connection and how the inner world is interconnected with the outer. DMo's paintings and video art have been exhibited internationally, and she has used art and public installation to aid charitable causes.
DMo is a produced scriptwriter and writer/director. Over the years she has gained a wide range of experience working on film, documentary and TV pilot productions in roles such as writer, development writer, researcher, director and producer. Stylistically she loves telling stories with a subrealist angle - exposing internal landscapes via external action, dialogue, locations and characters - mixing this with other genre elements. DMo's speculative work materializes as short and feature-length screenplays, short and full-length plays and dance performance concept pieces. Her music has also featured on indie film soundtracks.
Songwriting has been a passion of DMo’s from a young age. This passion in music first led her to create instrumental compositions for contemporary dance college performances. She went on to have songs featured on independent film soundtracks. She currently writes and records as part of the beat-electro duo Cityless with Gothenburg-based sound designer/composer Nicolas Lewentorp.
DMo is a published poet and writer of arts-related articles. Her creative writing skills have also been utilized for a graphic novel series based on an anime film concept. She is currently working on her first manuscript which shares her investigation into creativity and life, seeing how creative processing applies to life functionality. DMo also has a children’s story in the works about bringing a colourful life back to a dull town.
Researching, investigating, exploring the creative process has been a long-time curiosity of DMo's. Every form of artwork she's a part of, including the art of living, aids this exploration. She also undertakes specific research practice via projects she develops and residencies she attends around the world. This practice is shared on her Creative Revolutions project page. She also experiments with Creative Processing, a practice-based and practice-led approach she has developed from such experience.