Dans Bain is an Australian artist based in Melbourne/Naarm.
Dans' practice bridges multiple disciplines including installation, sculpture, painting, illustration, film and photography. She explores cultural engagement, personal narratives and social justice issues.
In addition to creatively working with diverse groups, her collaborative practice is about creating opportunities that include social, emotional, aesthetic and interactive experiences.
Dans' practice employs many forms of research and process including observation, participation, sensory response and historical research.
Dans has participated in a diverse range of exhibitions and productions since graduating from a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts: Media Arts/Visual Arts at Deakin University in 2007 and a Master of Arts (Art in Public Space) with Distinction at RMIT University in 2014.
For the past several years, Dans has been co-ordinating and participating in a feminist group to exhibit artworks annually for International Women’s Day in Hosier Lane, Melbourne. Since 2018, she has produced five individual artworks as part of the art intervention in Hosier Lane.
In 2021 she created The Lost Petition – a 30-metre list depicting women and children who have lost their lives to male violence from 2008 until present day. The Lost Petition was exhibited at the Great Petition (2008) sculpture at Burston Reserve in Melbourne on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2021. The Lost Petition was also exhibited at the Women’s March Rally on March 15, 2021 and remains an ongoing work.
Dans lives with her musician partner (and sometimes creative collaborator) Mike Russo, two vivacious young children and her newly rescued poodle/kelpie dog, Tobie.