Danae Thyssen

Danae Thyssen is an emerging South Australian Visual Artist currently undertaking her Masters by Coursework in Photography at the University of South Australia. This is part of a nested program for which she has completed the Graduate Diploma component in 2013 and will continue with the remainder of the program over 2015. Danae completed her Bachelor of Visual Arts (undergraduate degree) in 2012.

Due to great dedication and hard work, she received 3 awards for high achievement throughout her undergraduate degree and was invited to become part of the Golden Key Honour Society for which she received the New Member Scholarship Award for outstanding academic achievement.

In 2013 she was the proud recipient of the Linda Lou Murphy Scholarship Award, in addition to successfully undertaking mentorship programs with Deborah Pauuwe, Greg Donovan, Gee Greenslade and David Hobbs. In 2014 Danae attended a workshop with international photographic artist, Brooke Shaden and in 2015, Danae is a finalist in the Emma Hack Art Prize, which is announced at the end of March.

Danae is deeply committed to the role of education through art and utilizing artistic expression as the means of developing socially engaged art initiatives that showcase how art and publicly engaged art projects can effectively work together to create specific artworks that assist in raising awareness on many topics. Furthermore, she supports the concept of art as a means of encouraging and inspiring, along with offering support, health and healing to develop greater well-being for individuals and within the broader community as being exceptionally valuable.

The marriage between the health sciences and art industry is one of particular interest to Danae, who is aware that by encouraging partnerships with various organizations and individuals, there is a great capacity for education and transformations to take place, with a distinct perspective and knowledge of how art and variations of art-therapy have the amazing capacity to assist with healing and insight.