Faculty Profile: Daniel Duford
Artist, writer and faculty member Daniel Duford talks about Portland's independent comic community, teaching and his public art commission.
Daniel Duford is an artist, writer and faculty member at Pacific Northwest College of Art. He says of his current body of work that it is “an exploration on the difference between strength and power and the presence of myth in the mundane.”
Duford is in fact an artist whose work almost purposefully defies definition and even form—a graphic novel can become a dance performance—as in the 2006 performance by Lawrence Goldhuber of Duford’s comic book, “Sleeping Giant”. The New York Times said of the performance “the strongest element is the visual design by graphic artist Daniel Duford—which renders the stage into a living comic book.”
Recently his exploration of the collective consciousness of fables and myths led to a public art commission along Portland’s new streetcar green line. This work uses a self-created “false fable” that morphs into a series of public art sculptures, which serve as guideposts to another reality. Along with being showcased in numerous publications, Duford has self published his graphic novels and posts an on-going anthology on Radio Relay Towers.
Duford has a BFA from the University of New Mexico. He is an Instructor in the Intermedia, Illustration and Sculpture departments at Pacific Northwest College of Art. His sculptures and drawings have been exhibited in national galleries and his illustration and comic work has appeared in Tin House magazine and in the self-published titles The Green Man of B Street and We Are on Our Mind (with C. Hollow). His writing has appeared in Artweek, ARTnews, The Organ, The Bear Deluxe, Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics Technical and Ceramics Art and Perception.