Diane Williams Artist artworks for sale
Artist: Diane Williams
Live in: LOS ANGELES, CA, United States
Artworks for sale: 6.00
Diane Williams Artist Bio:
Recollection of childhood events with my family and friends are fragments that I constantly strive to piece together. As an adult, I compartmentalize and continually observe the self. My work refers to these fragmented incidents and implicit memories but largely derives from a much broader concept of race and gender disparities. In my work I present a psychological space that relates to the subconscious, using imagery based on Freud's notion of The Uncanny where something rather familiar and old manifests itself as fear and anxiety. In the process of studying and understanding this concept, I create an imagined, surrealist space often based from memories, imaginary tales and narratives that connect the obscurities. My images are compressed, cropped and pushed with hidden or signified objects. Representational figures of women and animals are used as metaphor for the self as they represent the instinctive nature in humans. Different methods of mark making are examined by employing diverse materials and mediums. Geometric shapes such as squares and rectangles are seen with detached images or silhouetted figures and solid forms. By engaging and bringing the observer into the space, both the artist and the viewer are implicated and reflected. I'm interested in juxtaposing disparate, disjointed and repeated elements, situating imagery that hinge on internal contradiction and incongruity. The combinations of polarized objects are utilized: shadow vs. light, 2-dimensional vs. 3-dimensional space, geometric vs. organic, hard vs. soft and abstraction vs. realism. These contrasts create visual tension, pushing the viewer to sense the uncanny yet functioning as a system. Some of my influences come from a stew of sources: Freud's The Uncanny, Jungian archetypes, magic realism, surrealism, Paula Rego, Kiki Smith, Marisol Escobar. My fascination with Paula Rego began upon discovering her extraordinary narratives, ambiguity and menacing imagery. I'm motivated by Kiki Smith's context on the issues surrounding women and inspired by Escobar's inventiveness with mixed media. These artists employ disjuncture but each have their individual stylistic approaches that I admire.