Diana Solis

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Artist Statement:
My work combines figurative drawing, with tactile, found object sculptural construction and abstract art sensibilities. I work with a range of media that include painting, drawing, illustration, found object, sculptural constructions and the repurposing of popular toys and objects. My work is inspired by my interest in the psychological, narrative, and often cautionary aspect of children’s fairytales and myths. Toys, comics, pop culture, artifact. I am interested in how objects acquire new meaning and associations when they go through a transformative process. Especially one that is not generally perceived to be of a common and acceptable denominator. To question their function outside of their presupposed original cultural context. Anthropomorphic, whimsical, mysterious characters and creatures populate and infiltrate my drawings and paintings, and repurposed constructions. They reflect my concerns about a world that is ever more unbalanced, by the use of senseless, individual and collective aggression. But they also express a positive aspect, one that represents acknowledgment and dialogue.
Relationship to Chicago:
I have been making art professionally in Chicago from 1977 to the present. My career first began as a documentary and fine art photographer and then shifted to painting and illustration in the late 90s. Since 2002, my work has been increasingly more multidisciplinary, which includes a range of other disciplines including printmaking, sculptural object and installation, curatorial practice and public art work.
Year of Birth:
1956
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Country of Origin:
Mexico
Gender:
Female
Places Of Residency:
Chicago, IL
Art Form:
Drawing, Illustration, Installation, Mixed Media, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Social Practice.