The work of Danica Phelps gathers conceptual precedents not only by taking in account economy as a main theme of her work but also in the practice of the data capture, the exhaustiveness, and in the record of the facts, that have been a main feature of conceptual art.
Danica Phelps was born in 1971 in New York. Since 1996 she has been documenting all of her income and expenses through drawings in a system that becomes increasingly layered and complex. In this system, each drawing is a depiction of a daily activity and documentation of a financial transaction, and each dollar is represented by a single stripe of watercolor: green for income, red for expense and grey for credit.
The result is a huge personal diary, even if speaking of results is hard. First because the work is always in process, and second because the work in itself is almost not a work in itself but a tracing, a document of pieces of everyday life.
Danica Phelps frequently exhibits in galleries in New York, Paris, Vienna, Cologne, Madrid, London, Chicago, Berlin or Los Angeles. She has participated in the Whitney Triennale and the Vienna Biennale in 2015. Among solo and group shows, Phelps has exhibited in the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn (2004); New Museum Of Contemporary Art, New York (2003); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro (2017); Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago (2008); Fundación La Caixa, Barcelona (2000); Museum Moderner Kunst (mumok), Vienna (2010); Museum Folkwang, Essen (2012); Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (2007); and several others.
Her works are part of the collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Whitney Museum, Arkansas Arts Center, Colecção Madeira, Daimler Art Collection, Farnsworth Art Museum, Hammer Museum, The West Collection, Magasin III Museum for Contemporary Art, Seattle Art Museum, University of New Mexico Art Museum, Wien Museum, Yale Art Museum Collection, Fundación La Caixa, Tang Teaching Museum, among many others.