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Back Talk with Danielle Buerli

Juxtapoz // Sunday, 10 Oct 2010

Danielle Buerli is an illustrator, designer, sculptor, and animator from Los Angeles now “living in the mountains.” Buerli’s wide range of creative talents maintain a narrative nature with a deep sensitivity to the human condition, rendered in detailed and original methodology.



One reason you make art:


It makes me happy.



The last good movie you saw:


Weird Science, I recently re-watched with my brother. He had never seen it and I insisted upon it. It was a bonding experience.



Something you’ve always wanted to do, but have yet to:


Scuba diving, It would be amazing to able to be underwater for hours. It would be the closest thing to going into outer space, which would also be on the list along with owning a sailboat.




Favorite country or city visited:


London, I just went about a month ago for the first time. I couldn’t get over the buildings and the old streets.



A few words that sum up your philosophy on life:


Be happy and make things.




Something you want the world to know about you:


I try to work really hard and I enjoy it.



Something that annoys or frustrates you about people:


Blind ignorance and then insisting that you are with out a doubt correct.



Something that concerns you:


People. I often worry about them.




Artists you admire:


Aside from the ones I know personally, I really admire Chris Sickels from red nose studios, JC Leyendecker, Eric Fortune, James Jean… oh the list is endless really. That it like what kind of ice cream do you like? The whole top row.



Favorite quote(s):


Ummm “There are two kinds of people in this world and I am one of them.” I stole that from my brother, I think he used that as a quote too once.



The first record or CD you ever bought?


The last album you downloaded? So you can pinpoint my youth… it was No Doubt -Tragic Kingdom. Before that it just and radio and my parents imposing their taste. I recently just bought Jonsi’s new album from iTunes. Legit.




Something you do when you’re procrastinating?


Sometimes I take a bath… then drink some tea, troll the internet, put on some socks, walk around from room to room, drink more tea, clean some dishes and then half way through the first pan I think maybe I should really get some work done. I think you can technically call that a “creative break”.



What is your most defining characteristic?


That’s hard. I am physically a small person, though not terribly short. This makes me look a bit younger than I am…which I will be more grateful for later in my life I hope. But maybe my laugh? If it is really good you can get to crying and kicking my legs in the air.




What is your greatest fear?


Not being able to make things anymore.



The moment you realized you were an ‘artist’:


There as a week where I was traveling and really busy and by the end I wanted nothing more then to be able to draw and paint. It has become a need. Then I think you know.



Your greatest quality:


I like to laugh and I care about things.




Something you wish you could change or alter about yourself:


Stronger, Better, Fitter, Happier, More productive.



What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken and was it worth it?


Deciding to move to another country and not really having a clear plan. I am still in the process of figuring it out. But I think in the end it will be worth it.




Something you wish you had known five years ago:


You can do what want and no one can stop you… most of the time.



What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years of your life?


Get better at what I like to do and find a comfy place to do it in. Hopefully I will be surrounded by creative people I respect and there will be plenty of tea.



More on Danielle Buerli at



Next up for Buerli is Horrorwood, a group show curated by Industrial Squid, at WWA gallery.


The show opens Friday, October 15th 7- 10pm and runs until December 4th

Full details on Horrorwood here.



WWA gallery

9517 Culver Blvd

Culver City, CA 90232


Dreaming In Realtime from Danielle Buerli on Vimeo.





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