DYANNA DIMICK, 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 incorporates earthy elements and found material into her work. While studying sculpture at UC Santa Cruz, her interest in these materials grew. The things she finds and collects add another layer to her work. She also noticed the abundance of supplies available when working with found goods.


Dyanna's process starts well before a blank canvas. She collects pieces from her surroundings to incorporate into her work and to 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 holds value in these everyday items. Sun-bleached plastic, the inside of an envelope, these materials are the foundation for Dyanna's process. She curates her pieces in an intuitive way, like a puzzle and "paints" with these materials. Through Dyanna’s creative use of disposable goods, she urges the viewer to change the traditional context of “trash” in their minds. She likes to trick the viewer's eye by bringing into question the medium used to create.


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 what she already has, in a world of buying new. She also uses these materials to enhance her concepts. Dyanna explores color, shape, material and texture to create a visual narrative. 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.


In some of Dyanna's pieces, the viewer might notice what they feel to be a random form or object that doesn't belong. These things represent the bits of unnatural in the natural that Dyanna can't avoid seeing in her daily life. We live with pollution. We accept it and it becomes invisible. Dyanna uses found material as part of her palette to show the many ways trash permeates our environment, bring a new meaning to these objects and to bring attention to the possibilities of recycling and its limitless potential.


Dyanna lives and works in California.


Click here to see some of her process.