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 the graffiti, urban decay, and in the music that flowed through the streets connecting her broken community which inspired her.
Dance’s background was 13 years of ceramic sculpture and hand-building. Then, in 2005, when she was attending San Francisco State University, she took a textiles course. During the semester, the class spent two weeks on tapestry weaving. Those two weeks flipped her creative expression and major. She felt reborn. With tapestry, she was then able to have full control over the images in her work. As a tapestry artist, Dance is a painter, just with fiber. Her tapestries look similar to her drawings, pulling all designs from her crowded head. She sees the images in her warp and has never used any cartoons as an aid.
Through the years, she has been 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 served as vice-president of Tapestry Weavers West, is a member of the American Tapestry Alliance and the Textile Arts Council at the De Young Museum in San Francisco, CA. Her work has been displayed at the Legion of Honor Museum and the De Young Museum in San Francisco, then at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles in along with being featured in many well-known galleries nationally. In addition, in the spring of 2018, she was invited to be in a two-person show, Fiber Fiction, at The Compound Gallery in Oakland, CA.
Dance is a Current Artist In Resident at the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn, NY. The residency goes from October 2018-June 2019