Dance Doyle is an Oakland based artist. Born and bred in Oakland during the ’80s and ’90s. She witnessed a gritty beauty that emerged in Oakland after the crack epidemic had torn through it. It was in street art, urban decay, and in the music that flowed through the streets connecting her broken community. Her tapestries look similar to the drawings of her urban environment, pulling all designs from her crowded head. She sees the images in her warp and has never used any cartoons.
Dance’s background was 13 years of ceramic sculpture and hand building until 14 years ago at San Francisco State University when she took a textiles course. It changed her creative expression and major. She felt re-born. With tapestry, she was then able to have full control over the images in her work. As a tapestry artist, Dance feels she’s a painter, just with fiber.
Through the years, she has been all self-taught, developing her own technique and edgy style. Her primary focus has been telling contemporary narratives, based on stories told to her that reflect, piece by piece, examples of our human condition in these overpopulated urban environments.
Dance is a vice president of Tapestry Weavers West, a member of the American Tapestry Alliance and the Textile Arts Council at the De Young Museum in San Francisco, CA.
Dance is a current resident of Brooklyn, NY.
She is also a current Artist In Residence at the Textile Arts Center on Carroll st in Brooklyn until May 2019.