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. She explores the complicated human relationship with the natural world and each other.
Dyanna's process starts well before a blank canvas, 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. Dyanna curates her
materials and connects them by colors, shapes, lines and textures. She matches up materials as they are, rarely changing them, letting the materials lead the way. Dyanna works on small format pieces in-between larger ones, to keep her mind moving and ideas flowing. She follows 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. She also challenges her own consumption habits in the process. The waste of man made materials invades our landscapes, so it invades her work too.
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. Water also symbolizes hope in a land of drought and fire.
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. She hopes to help us comprehend climate change, spark awareness, curiosity and mindfulness.