"Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy which sustained him through temporary periods of joy." W.B.Yeats
Daniel Mack has worked with natural materials for 35 years as an artist, furniture maker and architectural consultant. His work is in many private and museum collections. He has written seven books. In the 1970s, he was a network television and radio producer and talk show host and has taught writing and media at several universities.
Since 2010, he's been doing less rustic furniture and architectural services and more sculptural work with natural materials: from bark he gathers on the banks of the Hudson River. This is the Anima series-- a collection of figures-- and a collection of stone carvings..
He regularly teaches workshops on rustic work and creativity. He is writing Shadows and Puddles, an approach to creativity and the creative unconscious based in archetypal psychology.Since 1997, he has been on the Faculty of The Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, NY.
He is involved with an avant-garde art and nature
movement as chairman of the Seligmann Center
Committee in Sugar Loaf, NY.
He is on the Board of Trustees of a
Placemaking Organization and for 10 years,
chaired a community visioning organization in his
hometown of Warwick, NY.
- Guiding a Class in Casual Alchemy
- Continuing to explore expressive capacity of ephemeral materials/simple tools in carved stones, carved bark, collage and assemblage work
- Exploring techniques of surrealism
- Re-Configuring Studio from Woodworking to Sculpture
Role of art-making in palliative care, hospice, aging, grief, transition.
Better understanding of the whys and ways people adjust, refine their Stories.
the changing needs of beauty, the feral and new skill and dexterity.
Committee Member, Wickham Woodlands,
a new repurposed Town Park
Chairman, Seligmann Center Committee,
Sugar Loaf, NY
Trustee, Orange County Citizens Foundation,
Sugar Loaf, NY
2018 Maryland Shore, Olympic Peninsula, Oregon Coast
2017 Redwoods, Maryland Shore, Olympic Peninsula, Scotland
2016 Olympic Peninsula, Maryland Shore, LA
2015 Rome, Sicily, Olympic Peninsula
2014 Olympic Peninsula, Maryland Shore
2013 Greece, Olympic Peninsula, Maryland Shore
“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 high gods set guard dogs around their sacred meadows. If there
is to be change, its agent will have to hypnotize these dogs and slip
into 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.