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Wild, Wonderful and Full of Connections..Guest Blogger – Dianne Corso

August 1, 2017

Exhibition – Level 4 Studies in Experimental Stitch and Multimedia (Turquoise)

Some months ago, I asked Gail about the themes she saw in my work over the years. One response was a focus on connections. I’ve thought about this comment a good deal while finishing the pieces for this exhibition and concluded, of course, that Gail is correct. Much of my work, in all stages from conception through sampling to completion, is about connections–visual, physical and intellectual. This can be seen in the major pieces shown here. “Sentinel,” the wrapped and coiled copper wire sculpture, depends upon connections for structure as well as for visual impact. It reflects my nearly lifelong interest in Japanese culture and aesthetics, from a minor in Far Eastern Studies through my first really successful piece in this course of study, a fabric and stitch book based on a study of samurai armor. The waxed linen wrapped wire structures  are another example of physical connections necessary to the construction of the pieces also functioning as major decorative elements of the design. The form of the pieces was based on my earliest art making memory, a game I played with my cousins in which we “took a line for a walk,” drawing a squiggly line all over a piece of paper before connecting the line to the beginning point and coloring the resulting spaces in wild and wonderful ways.

Which aptly summarizes my years studying with Gail and my classmates: wild and wonderful and full of connections. To see more of Dianne’s work and blogs  either click on blogs to see and read about Memory Keepers or here to see and read about her love of texture.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Barbara Fox permalink
    August 1, 2017 3:30 pm

    Your work shows an intriguing connection to your theme and is thoroughly engaging. I enjoyed being there, seeing it in person and conversing over the details with you. Congratulations on your amazing art and your culmination of your years at Gail’s. I hope to see more of it in the coming years!

  2. Penny Peters permalink
    August 1, 2017 5:28 pm

    I love reading your artist statement which beautifully sums up your journey at the Center. Congratulations!!!

  3. August 1, 2017 10:19 pm

    Thanks for the wonderful story behind your work and the Cascade wall hanging is amazing. Wish I could have seen it in person.


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