Artist Statement

I am a painter and a hostess. I craft objects and experiences that showcase the creative community I exist in. My art is a hands-on medium for self-discovery, personal growth, and harvesting beauty. This is made possible by muses who, through their character and self expression, provide visual and emotional inspiration which I then craft into form and performance.

When I host, I use art as social, sensual, and thought-provoking lubrication. The evening’s offerings are an invitation to be part of an arrangement of bodies, setting, and lighting that becomes one beautiful organism-muse. In this state, creativity is sparked, community thrives, and we become portals for beauty and empathy.


Dorothy Darker is the high femme drag persona of Jenny Stanjeski. She resides and keeps a studio cum art parlor in Brooklyn, NY.  Jenny  has a BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University, and continued her studies at the Art Students League and the New York Academy of Art.  A decade long member of USA 829, she paints theater sets and teaches the art of scenic painting to interns at The Juilliard School and students at Cobalt Studios. She's painted for over 100 Off Broadway and Broadway productions, in addition to television, movies, and fashion.  In 2008 she joined the Mix Dix collective and shared their communal studio on the Lower East Side. In 2009 she moved from Manhattan to Greenpoint, Brooklyn and eventually opened Darker Studio in Williamsburg with her husband, photographer, Walter Wlodarczyk. 


House of Darker

House of Darker is the creative collective that coalesced around the making of The Summer Bacchanal and directed by Dorothy Darker. They are a group of friends, lovers, and collaborators who regularly mix the aims of inspiration, creative expression, and community based support in an effort to bring together a positive and uplifting environment. We aim to not only share our creative aims and successes but to do so in and environment where one can be open about their lifestyle choices, be supported in their gender presentation, and not be shoehorned by the oversimplified matrix of orientation. House of Darker events are always consent forward events, where body autonomy is respected and defended. We meet monthly at LOT 45 for the drawing and social salon titled Tableaux.