Diana A.

The past two assignment were difficult and I found myself reluctant to start but knew how important it was to express what art making means to me.  So here is the second draft of the artist statement.

“It is seeing which establishes our place in the world…” John Berger from “The Way of Seeing”

In a hierarchy of senses, sight for me has always been at the top. Losing a third of my hearing at age 3 sealed my fate and from then on I became more or less dependent on what my eyes told me about my surroundings. Navigating a world that was unaware of my loss I learned to discern where I was in relation to others and the physical world through my eyes. Visual clues were what I used to steer myself through childhood which led inevitably to art making. In my early teens an old treadle sewing machine was my gateway to creating; clothes which I altered and fashioned into my own style. Feeling an outsider among my peers I delved fully into art in high school. A wonderful art teacher made all the difference and that set me on a path in visual exploration of a world I wasn’t quite in sync with. From there college and graduate school were filled with art classes especially fiber arts and culminated in a master’s degree in Art Therapy. I knew art was healing to me so I wished to give that opportunity to others.

My early memories were of color and line coming together with pencil and crayon on paper. The scissors allowed me to shape my creations to with flour paste made in my family kitchen. I haven’t stray much from those early marking and making habits. I have explored most art mediums but inexorably I return to working in fabric and paper in an abstract collagist manner. I dye, paint, print, stitch by hand and machine, burn, rust, discharge and further manipulate fabric and paper to create unique materials in use in the art pieces. My work is an intuitive process using what is at hand from large stashes of manipulated fabric and paper. A recent exploration into encaustic has provided me with another medium and dimension to bring forth texture and transparency in my fiber work.

My work consists of exploring new layers of meaning about the world around me, exploring our role as witnesses to significant and mundane experiences and events. I want to reveal not just the physical but also the spiritual, the sensual and the intellectual though my mark making in fibers. I gather what I “see” and organize those shapes, colors and lines to construct a map of my journey to this present moment. Journeying both physically and spiritually in search of a place for me, I wish to give those seeing my work another perspective of their own place in the world. I am a maker and my eyes help me discover my place in the world and generates meaning from the layers of history and experience.