Desiree Duell views art as both an inward and outward facing process in her life practice to strengthen and heal disenfranchised communities. Her work manifests as performance, public speaking, community organizing, organizational development, photography, collage, sculpture, and installation. Her public practice focuses on intersectional issues of poverty through collectively dismantling infrastructures of oppression and developing models of liberation at the municipal, organizational, and grassroots level. She researches and collects the residue of poverty, propaganda, consumerism, and environmental injustice in American culture.
She has collaborated with numerous organizations across the United States including PICO National Network, Flint Public Art Project, and Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development. Her work has been featured in Hyperallergic, Michigan Radio, Detroit Art Review, and Actipedia. She has received generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Aspen Institute, Andy Warhol Foundation, Wyoming Arts Council, and the Ruth Mott Foundation.
Desiree holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Maine College of Art, a Master of Arts in Community Art from Maryland Insititute College of Art, and a Master of Fine Arts from University of Hartford's Nomad9/MFA program.
Desiree lives in Flint, Michigan with her son, David and their dog, Thunder Valentine.
She is proud to be a fourth generation, Flintstone.