Daniel Mack


Daniel Mack (b.1947) has worked with natural materials for 35 years as an artist, furniture maker and architectural consultant with work is in many private and museum collections. He has written seven books. In the 1970s, he worked in radio and television and has taught writing and media at several universities and workshops on rustic work and creativity at craft and art centers.  Recently, he creates figures from bark he gathers on the banks of the Hudson River. This is the Anima series--a collection of figures-- and stone carvings. His Muse for all this is Hermes, The Trickster.

He writes a column for a regional magazine on Thin Places, the Celtic term to describe actual places or experiences where the veil between this world and The Other is “thin”. 

He’s writing The Casual Alchemist, an approach to creativity and the creative unconscious, based in archetypal psychology.  

He is involved with the nearby Seligmann Centerfor Surrealism.

He is helping to build a Nature Playground  based on the old, radical idea of “loose parts”: Just make natural, interesting stuff available andchildren will do the rest;  No Instructions or Directions Needed


STUDIO WORK 2019      a moment in the studio   

Continuing to explore the expressive and palliative capacity of ephemeral materials and simple tools by making carved stones, carved bark, land arrangements, collage and assemblage.

Exploring the techniques of Surrealism

Reconfiguring the Studio from a Woodworking Shop to a Wonder Room


INTERESTS                     Artist's Statements

  • The Appearances of The Trickster: “The Guide of Souls who allows a plot to be  deeply rearranged is rarely an obvious actor in the story at hand, for durable stories   are self-containing, self-defended against change and fragmentation. The Trickster works in the shadows, like an embarrassing impulse, a cunning pathogen, a love affair,    a shameless thief taking a chance.”      Lewis Hyde, Trickster Makes the World, p. 91
  • Role of (art) making in palliative care, hospice, aging, grief, transition.
  • The notion of “Customary Beauty” Beauty from use and familiarity  Sir Christopher Wren
  • Better understanding of the whys and ways people adjust, refine their Stories.
  • Changing needs for beauty, the feral and developing new skills and dexterity.
  • PINTEREST   See Boards



WRITING    Essays         Books       Writing

VIDEOS on  Alchemy      The Needs      Arts   

                    Rustic       Rustic2   Seligmann