"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. Currently, he is working on sculptural collections from bark he gathers from the banks of the Hudson River. This is the Anima series-- a collection of figures-- and since 2013, a collection of stone carvings, yet unnamed.
He regularly teaches workshops on rustic work and creativity. He is writing The Nature of Making, 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 actively involved with an
avant-garde art and nature movement as chairman
of the The Seligmann Center Committee in Sugar
Loaf, NY. He is on the Board of Trustees of the
Orange County Citizens Foundation and for ten years, chaired Community 2000, a community visioning organization in his hometown of Warwick, NY.
- 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 (see Omega Workshop)
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
2017 Redwoods, Pacific Northwest, Scotland
2016 Pacific Northwest
2015 Rome, Sicily, Pacific Northwest
“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.