My work over the years has followed a pursuit of two recurring themes. One utilizes various configurations of landscape space and landscape motifs to reflect a state of mind. The other draws from my personal and family history within the tradition of needlework and textiles with references to the decorative arts. These themes often intersect and overlap through the evocative potential of liquid media, pigments, and a variety of non-traditional materials layered with tactile fabrics such as silk. I rely on the hands-on physical engagement with the materials themselves to provide a glimpse or direction for each painting. The tension between a shifting illusion of spacial depth and actual dimensional surface is used to invite an introspective gaze where the senses alone can navigate the enclosures and expanses of the visual terrain.
I believe that the elements of chance and intention coupled with doubt and faith are inherent in the process of painting and embodied in the materiality and fluidity of the paint itself. All these elements are present as each new body of work progresses and ultimately they integrate within each painting akin to alchemy. Each painting contains the record of what remains after a circuitous process of applying and subtracting combined with the daily contemplations in the studio that seep into each layer.
What you hope for in the studio is that moment of magic that transcends both chance and the artist’s original intent.
Diana Clauss was born in Philadelphia, PA. She received her BFA in Fibers/Textile Design from Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia and her MFA in Painting/Drawing from Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University.
Her work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States and her paintings are included in public and private collections both local and national.
Title: Seldom Mixed media on silk brocade on panel