Common Thread

I’ve been busy working on some projects. My newest is an installation with large modules. This structure is made out of wires, shredded oil and acrylic paintings on canvas and paper, manipulated fabric, yarn that I twisted and dyed, rope and felt fabric. These materials connect myself and the immigrant communities in Los Angeles.

Module 1 of 4

Module 1 of 4

 

The notion of specificity and intent has been on my mind a lot lately, which I hope to translate into my art. I’m interested in using materials for this specific project that have meaning to me. This is why I use elements that have personal history, discarded or hand me downs, fabric that I purchased from my neighborhood Thrift Shop in Glassell Park and the fabric district in Downtown Los Angeles called Santee Alley, both places are frequented by myself as well as many lower and middle income immigrant families.  The idea is to weave these materials into structures and sculptures. They are fragments of my life as an immigrant and as an American, living and working in Los Angeles.       

Diane Williams