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  • Chantal Danyluk '19
  • Disheanna
  • 2018
  • Oil on canvas
  • 40 x 30 inches
  • Courtesy of the artist

Disheanna is the first piece Chantal Danyluk created for her senior thesis at Hendrix, which considered the ability of portraiture to capture personality. Using pattern, light, shape, and color, she attempts to convey subtle elements of her subject’s character. In this piece, Danyluk depicts a close friend and fellow Hendrix alumnus, Disheanna Brown, whose vibrancy finds balance in moments of softness and reserve. The painting’s warm color palette creates a sense of vividness that mirrors the energy of its subject, while the floral lace spreading across the background and the subject’s chest presents a juxtaposed tenderness. By using a fellow Hendrix student as her model, she participates in a significant element of the college’s art student culture: using friends as models for her artistic practice.

Originally from Dallas, Danyluk chose to attend Hendrix because of its small class sizes and distance from home. As a student, she double majored in Studio Art and Computer Science and was active in both disciplines. Danyluk attended events sponsored Art Club, which reformed during her senior year, and participated in student art shows. She also regularly submitted art to the Aonian.

Danyluk also earned funding from the Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates to explore aesthetic appeal through coding. She created an algorithm that made pixelated images which mimicked what artistic forms people find most visually pleasing. After exhibiting her results in the Bailey Library, she presented them at the Grace Hopper Celebration in Houston, a conference celebrating women in coding. Since graduating from Hendrix in 2019, Danyluk works as a Software Developer for Molex but continues seeking opportunities to practice art.