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Provincetown Muse

Sculptor Danielle Mailer’s visual vocabulary is inspired by cherished Cape Cod memories.

Sculptor Danielle Mailer’s visual vocabulary is inspired by cherished Cape Cod memories.

Courtesy of Berta Walker Gallery, Provincetown.

The inspiration for danielle Mailer’s colorful artwork—often depicting the female form along with dogs, cats, horses, and fish—comes from her longtime relationship with Provincetown’s unique landscape and culture. As a favorite destination for summer trips as a child and in later years, Provincetown holds a special place in Mailer’s heart.

Provincetown has continuously been a source of inspiration for the artist. “It is my spiritual home,” Mailer says. “I need it for my equanimity. The smells, the light, the colors have found their way into my psyche, my cells, my spirit, and in this way have become a part of my visual vocabulary, if not literally then certainly symbolically. And even after all these years, I still have a child-like sense of excitement and wonder at that moment when I first see the strip of land that brings the [Pilgrim] Monument into view. It is pure happiness.”

Although she has now put down roots in Goshen, Connecticut, almost every summer of Mailer’s life was spent at least partly in Provincetown visiting her father, well-known writer Norman Mailer. “He insisted on all of us being together every summer…we were his muses. He was the barometer and set the tone. He always had a madcap plan that we were a part of.”

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