Bridging a fascination with global cultures with his work in fashion and luxury branding, Daniel Stanford’s marries the natural world with the human body—both in form and cultural production—in his photographs and photographic collages. The Montreal-based artist’s work takes him around the world, and his photographs demonstrate a particular affinity for distant locales, including deserts, Brazil, and Southeast Asia, the latter of which provides fodder for much of the spiritual imagery in his mixed-media collages. Stanford’s work also reveals his interest in the world of fashion. Models—especially dramatically posed nude females in striking natural settings—are among Stanford’s most recurrent images.
Daniel Stanford’s body of work is designed to provide a pathway to higher consciousness that is tethered to earth’s beauty. This careful balance is inspired by a Feng Shui approach, where juxtaposition is embraced and seemingly-opposing elements converge to enhance and strengthen the finished product. Stanford applies archival materials that reflect the sequence of the five elements and bolster Feng Shui ideology, such that the wood gives rise to fire, fire produces earth, earth gives birth to gold, gold creates water, and water makes wood. New work further showcases ancient techniques by employing encaustic wax and natural tree resin to produce highly textural work. This East-meets-West energy is evidenced throughout the work: Ancient traditions and spirituality are contrasted by contemporary vision and techniques to present a collection that encourages introspection, stirs emotion and provides a global perspective on beauty and sensuality.