Solo show as part of Cerritos College Art Gallery's Spring 2018 Window Dressing exhibition.
Feb 12 – Feb 16, 2018
Diane Williams’ installation, Beautiful Creatures, will mimic the stereotypical presentation of commercial storefront displays, but with a surreal twist. The featured objects on display will be pulled from a previous project entitled Monsters and Aliens, which involved the creation of abstract masks, monstrous (self-)portraits, made out of shredded paintings and other discarded materials. The masks will be placed on mannequins and custom-made stands, combined with shredded acrylic paintings scattered on the floor and cut-up gel rolls hanging from the ceiling. These materials are semi-translucent, diffusing light in a pleasant aesthetic amalgamation, and obscuring the masked female object, subverting the way we are conditioned to see the unfamiliar as only-ever the frightening ‘Other’ - the outsider, the monster, the alien – replaced instead by fascinating, beautiful creatures.