DYANNA lets material and her eco-friendly lifestyle drive her creative process.

An ecological consciousness lies close to the heart of California native Dyanna Dimick, who often incorporates found material into her work. While studying sculpture at UC Santa Cruz, her interest in these materials grew. She noticed the abundance of supplies available when working with found goods. They also added another layer to her work.

 

Dyanna's process starts well before a blank canvas. She collects things from her surroundings to incorporate into her pieces and keep her attuned to her environment. Dyanna notices the overlooked aesthetic value in everyday materials. We tune out thousands of objects around us because we don't have a current need or they don't seem important. Dyanna values these everyday items. Sun-bleached plastic, the inside of an envelope, these materials are the foundation for Dyanna's process. After collecting, she curates the pieces in an intuitive way, like a puzzle and "paints" with them. She doesn't always disguise her materials fully because she wants the viewer to notice them. Through Dyanna’s creative use of disposable goods, she urges the viewer to change the traditional context of “trash” in their minds.

Acutely conscious of the consumerism cycle and its impact on our environment, Dyanna would rather scavenge for her eclectic materials instead of buying them. She enjoys the challenge of creating a piece using materials around her. In this practice, she hopes to encourage others to use what they have around them more often, instead of buying new. Dyanna experiments and explores with color, shape, material and balance. Making work with discarded product goods that already exist in the world is where her creativity starts and where she challenges her own consumerism habits.

Dyanna's aesthetic often makes light of situations and issues we obsess over, don't want to face or feel overwhelmed by, such as climate change, vanity and societal formed habits or norms. She hopes to spark awareness and mindfulness.

In some works, the viewer might notice what they feel to be a form or object that doesn't belong. These things represent the bits of unnatural material in the natural that Dyanna can't avoid seeing in her daily life. Human pollution is so integrated into our lives it becomes invisible and becomes a part of us. Dyanna uses found material as part of her palette to show the many ways trash currently permeates our environment and to bring attention to the possibilities of reuse and its limitless potential. She also hopes, in future years, her work will remind the viewer of consumer goods from our past, providing nostalgia.

99% of the time Dyanna creates to music. Her process mimics sampling, in music. Collage bits cut and chopped up to make a piece or rhythm, filled in with other concepts or forms.

Dyanna lives and works in California.

 

Click here to see some of her process.