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.
Dances 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 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 with thread.
Through the years, she has been all self-taught, developing her own technique edgy style. and her primary focus has been telling contemporary narratives, especially those of women and girls, with her own specific edgy style. 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 the last 10 years, I have been almost all self-taught and my focus is contemporary tapestry, telling narratives with my own specific style and technique.I've been showing in galleries in the Bay Area and was in an Exhibition at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textile's this January, for the American Tapestry Alliance's Biennial 11.