DYANNA lets material, her eco-friendly lifestyle and west coast roots drive her creative process.
An ecological consciousness lies close to the heart of California native Dyanna Dimick, who incorporates found material into her work. She uses everyday goods to explore the complicated human relationship with the natural world.
Dyanna's process starts well before a blank canvas. She collects pieces from her surroundings to use as material and to keep her attuned to her environment and to put her environment into her pieces. She curates her material by connecting colors, shapes, lines and textures. Dyanna works on small format pieces in-between larger ones, to keep her mind moving and open to new ideas. She follows the path of her vast imagination and impulse to experiment.
We tune out thousands of objects around us because we don't have a current need or they don't seem important. Sun-bleached plastic, the inside of an envelope, these materials are the foundation for Dyanna's work. Through her clever use of disposable goods, she urges the viewer to change the traditional context of “trash” in their minds and start to see value. Making work with discarded product goods that is where she challenges her own consumption habits.
Acutely conscious of the consumerism cycle and its impact on our environment, Dyanna would rather scavenge for her eclectic materials than buy them. In this, she encourages others to do the same. Dyanna adds environmental elements, like waves, to a lot of her pieces to help the viewer connect to the environment, while viewing the piece.
By adding playful colors and elements, Dyanna's aesthetic makes issues we obsess over, don't want to face or feel overwhelmed by, such as climate change, vanity, racism and societal formed norms, more digestible. Her work often comments on current events. She hopes to spark awareness and mindfulness.