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When art and poetry meet

Danique Gimbrère, better known as Danica Gim, creates abstract art that reflects her internal emotions and experiences. She approaches her creative process with a spontaneous and intuitive mindset, disregarding traditional techniques and focusing solely on what feels authentic to her in the moment. She often uses a multimedia approach of digital handdrawn creation and transferring them to the canvas where she paints them in acrylics or oils. By utilizing a combination of soft earth tones and vibrant primary colors, she aims to evoke the color palette of her memories of growing up in the Netherlands and the influence of her ancestry from France to which she owes her French name. Inspired by the greats of both these countries, like Henri Matisse and Vincent van Gogh, this results in a raw and unconstructed style that createsa dream-like images where the details are not entirely in focus. 


Danique's subjects explore scenes of the mundane European life, with often a woman as her main subject and allows peeks into her memories of growing up in this continent. The cosy scenes invite a feeling of safety but also longing. Like a glance into someone else's living room, a moment of intimacy that can not last. Though the paintings might seem tranquil in their nature Danique simentanously tries to touch on the complexities of womanhood, religion, sexuality, and the meeting of different cultures, inviting the viewer to engage with their own emotions on these experiences. 

Though Danique has been painting since her early teens, her public artistic journey started in 2017 when she started sharing her poetry as Danica Gim. In less than a year the account gained tens of thousands of followers worldwide, making Danica Gim her better known pen name and her poetry famous all over the internet. Her work has been praised for her relatable lines as she writes about love, heartbreak and the struggle of starting over. Her poetry debut ‘Morningstar Musings’ was published a year after she started sharing her work online. In 2019 she started combining her words with her own art work, launching her online popularity to new heights. Her work has been bought/reposted by Britney Spears, Doutzen Kroes, Dove Cameron, and many others.

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