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 often incorporates found material into her work. In her work, she explores the complicated human relationship with the natural world and each other.
Dyanna's process starts well before a blank canvas, always noticing the colors and shapes of life around her. She collects pieces from her surroundings to use as material and to keep her attuned to her environment. A big part of her work is curating and matching up materials by connecting colors, shapes, lines and textures. Like following a tear in a piece of paper with another line or matching up materials as they are, not changing them, letting the materials lead the way. 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, whether they make it into the finished piece or not. 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. She also challenges her own consumption habits in the process.
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 or the sun and moon, to a lot of her pieces, to help the viewer connect to the environment while viewing the piece. Her signature sawblade waves act as a connection between the industrial world and the natural world.
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 in an abstract way. She hopes to help us comprehend climate change, spark awareness and mindfulness.