October 2020 - Diane Kendall with guest artist Gene Flores
The work in Fallow/Fertile was done during the past 18 months, a time when the world has seemed to rattle and crack. While making these seven collages, I’ve thought about the nature of cycles those built into our bodies, the potent cyclical forces present in the natural world and the ones that have evolved as a result of human social and cultural structures. Sometimes I’ve felt comforted by the predictable way cycles tie time and life together and at other times have experienced dread about some inevitable next phase of a particularly vicious cycle. The conceptual framework of my work has long been impacted by having chosen to take a long view to look back into conventions that hold our stories (wives’ tales, fables, myths, religion, history etc.) to explore which patterns persist and repeat. The work in Fallow/Fertile reflects my experience of this particularly turbulent moment. It’s also meant to convey my hope that we can find ways to use what .we know from the past and near past to do better and be better.
My images are an internal struggle of what we all see or believe we see, what we do and don’t hear. They question everything I believe to be around me. I enjoy questioning and pushing boundaries, creating images that lead to other images and ideas. A never-ending cycle that enables me to create work without the worries of pleasing the viewer but always challenging them to view things from multiple perspectives, .not just their own.
Biography I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas and received my Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP) and my Masters of Art .and Masters of Fine Art from the University of Iowa I continue to exhibit my works nationally and internationally. My works can be found at the University of Iowa, the El Paso Museum of Art, University of Texas El Paso, Sonoma State University, Universidad de Costa Rica, and Mira Costa College as well as numerous private .collections I am currently the Dean of the Arts, Performance and Design division at Portland Community College Sylvania Campus, in Portland, .Oregon,
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