Starting in 2017, Dayna Danger created a series of artworks called the Neglect series. This series features photographs of treasured yet disintegrating taxidermy animal kin and mise-en-scene staging. Due to a lack of proper care, several pieces of taxidermy were left to deteriorate, eaten away by moths, and otherwise worn down. In 2021, the artist further developed this concept during their residency at Centre Clark in Montreal.
Neglect incorporates a collection of discarded portraits, belongings, and nostalgic tchotchkes. This work mimics and reflects the Dutch golden age of still-life painting. During the 17th century, colonizers documented the immense wealth and abundance they obtained through colonial pursuits. Hunting at that time was for the wealthy and noble. Paintings from that era often depicted decaying fruits and dead animals, reflecting the pursuit of wealth and power. Depicting the abundance of wealth was important to the Dutch, as they viewed it as a way of taking a snapshot of their culture. These works also feature the waste created by Danger's photography practice in its earlier phases, as well as a pile-up of forgotten and kitschy items.
The Neglect series includes both digital and film photos. Danger values film photography as it encourages a slower working pace, promoting patience and thoughtfulness towards the medium. This approach is a crucial aspect of the process as the neglected possessions, like photographs or taxidermies, are once again honoured. Having both Polish and Métis families, where nothing was ever thrown away, Danger learned to use everything or make it useful. However, with time, even valuable things wear out and break down, becoming stories passed down through generations. This process of respect and letting go is essential to Danger's healing and rejuvenation.