In Her Own Words, The Magical World of Diane Price
Where others may find the paint
laden brush a path to expression, my path is to create art from an array of found objects. Not just any objects, but quirky things that make us ask questions while we take in their unexpected harmonies. I buy very little that is “new” beyond adhesives, hardware and paint. Instead, I scavenge from my surroundings, being quick to rescue a discarded object or to search thrift shops, tag sales and the street.
The objects I use bring their own history and purpose to the work and ask us to reimagine their place in the world. I want us to see ourselves in a new relationship to their mystery. I had never heard of a “planisphere” before finding one at a tag sale. Central to “Sky Watcher”, it is a provocative reminder of our pre-electronic world. (The piece uses a NY Times “skychart” from the week of September 11th – another cultural touchstone.) Has anyone ever seen a planisphere before?
Some work is sheer fun like the “pull toy” Bye, Bye Blackbird. A blackbird in charge of a cargo of feathered balls? Of course! Wouldn’t his dark feathers be at home in the desolate Ghost Birdhouse? Unless another creature is already living there . . .
In “The Situation” we learn that a team of women can and will keep us safe. The viewer needs to take a thorough look to see the danger at hand – and to feel instantly safer.
Who has been faced with a fish that walks on dry land? I explored the humor in the idea of a fish with legs in “Drought Wagon”, another pull toy, made from my own handmade paper. The fish would probably float, but I do not recommend it.
In my work, the quirky and the mundane unite to reflect the joy and even silliness of toys or overly complicated devices. I use objects that bring history to the art pieces forming layers of meaning and mystery.