I spent a few days alone recently at our tiny apartment in Nantes. I began to feel a bit bored by the second day and whilst looking for something to do, I noticed a shopping bag full of magazines sitting beside the trash containers in the courtyard. I took a glimpse, quickly decided that I was neither interested in the women's magazines nor political rhetoric of a certain slant and was on my way. A little while later I had an idea and came back to take a second look. I spent the rest of a happy afternoon with scissors, glue stick and paints altering and cutting pages until I had made three collage sketches (some quick snaps included below). I love the idea of taking something discarded and creating a new life for it. This has been a central concept in much of my work over the years, with natural and found objects and recycled newsprint papier-mache combined to create entirely different (and I hope unexpected) things. I like to see it as a subtle homage to the natural world and a sort of challenging game for creativity.
The Dragonfly Who Fell In Love With the Sun
Little Witch Consults Her Grimoire To Summon Familiar Spirits
Diana's work in sculpture, puppetry and performance has been exhibited and performed in galleries and theatres across the US and Europe. Her work is informed by a strong engagement with the natural world, cultural history and mythology. Diana is the recipient of exhibition awards, grants and fellowships for her work in sculpture, performance, writing and music. Several of her grants have been awarded for residencies and cultural exchange in countries as diverse as Poland, Cuba and France. She holds a fine arts degree with honors from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her teaching experience includes Waldorf kindergarten, an associate professorship in art appreciation and history, museum workshops and classes in sculpture. Her work is found in private collections in the US and Europe and in the collections of the White House and National Gallery of Poland. From 2003-2008 Diana worked with the nationally recognized design studio Applied Imagination creating "botanical architecture" and installations at venues around the US such as the New York Botanical Garden and the National Botanical Garden. Diana currently resides in France and spends much of her time living on the road.