Ten Questions for Chairs of Inclusion lead artist Dan Fenelon

Dan Fenelon, a professional artist based in Morristown, NJ, (www.danfenelon.com), talks about his background and his experience collaborating with WAE Center members on “When Chairs Fly,” one of the Chairs of Inclusion.

  1. What is your education and background as an artist?
    I was educated at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, and have been a working artist for 25 years.  I’ve done 17 one-man shows.
  2. What inspires you?
    Modern Art, Tribal Art, Street Art
  3. How would you describe your artistic style and your process? 
    Urban Tribal. Multi-disciplined.
  4. What initially inspired your Chair concept?
    I wanted the chair to be uplifting and spiritually inspired.
  5. What was your experience working at the WAE Center on your Chair?
    I enjoyed working with everyone on my team. We laughed and built a friendship with each other as well as building the chair.
  1. Did your Chair concept change or evolve as you worked with the Center’s artists?
    I do like to work organically and the chair did evolve as I gained input from my team. We used fabric interfacing and acrylic paint to create “fabric tiles” that we decoupaged to the surface and cut out wood wings and shapes to help enhance the chair.
  2. What does Inclusion mean to you?
    It represents the true spirit of democracy and freedom.
  3. Other than Chairs, what are some of the recent projects you’ve worked on?
    I am currently driving the Art Truck for the Montclair Art Museum.
  4. What words do you live by?
    Love, service and gratitude
  5. What is your next project?
    The Artist in Residency program at Holland Brook School in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey.

Photos of Dan Fenelon’s collaboration with WAE Center artists.