Dani Lamorte is a Tucson-based artist working in performance, video, photography, and text. His performance practice centers on the recycling of pop culture television tropes, troubled aesthetics, and fractured desires. Dani’s video work echoes these themes, and aims for ruptures in time, memory, and meaning. Since 2012, Dani has performed as ‘Maria Denolt,’ a self-titled art critic, lecturer, and ‘lofty person.’ Through guerrilla tours at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, short video tours of exhibitions, and a one-minute podcast series, Maria humorously mixes art fact with art fiction to level critiques of both museums and their detractors. Since 2018, Dani has worked in cyanotype, exploring the relationship between plants, light, and desire. Dani’s recent writing has been featured in Journal of Critical Library & Information Studies, Edge Effects, Sundog Lit, Smithsonian Collections Blog, and Cactus Heart. He has performed and shown work at the Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh), University of Arizona Museum of Art (Tucson), Human Resources (Los Angeles), Whippersnapper Gallery (Toronto), Studio Beluga (Montreal), and Mattress Factory (Pittsburgh). He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Master of Arts degree in Library & Information Science from the University of Arizona.