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Published September 11, 2022

The Process Holds the Meaning: Daniela Puliti’s Studio Spotlight

By Kate Parvenski

Kate is the Content Lead for Testudo and a Brooklyn-based multimedia producer with a passion for art and storytelling. Her work focuses on documenting and showcasing artists working across a variety of mediums.

Daniela Puliti creates Feminist, craft-based, mixed-media paintings and installations that explore gender, sexuality, vulnerability, body image, and mental health through color, pattern, and humor. She identifies as a gender-questioning femme, forever evaluating the shifting ideals around intersectional feminism within structural misogyny.

In her installation work, Daniela seeks to create soft walls that act as an emotional divider while beckoning a closeness and desire of touch. Incorporating a variety of weaving techniques and drawing from what she calls “autobiographical disasters,” Daniela’s work explores the idea of soft, emotional walls both as defense mechanisms and protective boundaries.

We caught up with Daniela in her New Jersey studio over the summer to see some of her works in progress and chat about her evolving practice. Knitting during our conversation, Daniela spoke about her most recent solo exhibition, There were no casseroles…, which focused on the grieving process after the death of her partner mid-pandemic. The title of the exhibition, Daniela told us, is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the absence of a funeral, gathering, or opportunity to commiserate over a shared meal.

As a part of the exhibition, Daniela asked friends, family, and gallery visitors to share a recipe for comfort to help the grief process. She then compiled Recipes for Comfort, a recipe book that functions both as an exhibition catalog and cookbook. 

Daniela Puliti, Thirst Trap. Image courtesy the artist.
Detail shots of Daniela's artwork. Photography: Emile Askey. Image 1: Cinderella Stole My Car and My Heart. Image 2: Enchanting. Image 3: Inside Out There. Image 4: Don't Cry Over Spilt Cream.
Daniela Puliti, Stella Sludge. Image courtesy the artist.
Daniela Puliti, You, Me, and Jesse's Ghost. Installation image courtesy the artist.

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