Dance Doyle is an Oakland based artist. Born and bred in Oakland during the 80’s and 90’s, she witnessed the beauty through all the crime and grit in the city at the time. Her tapestries look similar to her drawings, pulling all designs from her crowded head. She sees the images in her warp and has never used any cartoons.
Dance’s background was 20 years of ceramic sculpture until 14 years ago at San Francisco State University when she took a textiles course, it flipped her world and she was creatively re-born. With tapestry, Dance was then able to have full control over the tactile quality, structure, lines, and color of her work. To Dance, a tapestry is like painting, just with thread.
Through the years, she has been all self-taught, developing her own technique edgy style. Her primary focus has been telling contemporary narratives, especially the contemporary experiences of women and girls.. Dance has been shown in galleries all over the Bay Area and nationally. She just was in an exhibition at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles in January for the American Tapestry Alliances Biennial 11. In October 2018, Dance will begin a 9 month Artist in Residence program at the Textile Art Center in Brooklyn, NY.