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 APRIL 15 - MAY 11, 2014


   RECEPTION:

   APRIL 18, 2014 6-10PM

 

Artist Statement

Memories drive us. We live through experience and circumstance, creating new memories from 
the puzzle pieces of our past. The disconnect between pieces is relative to my artwork - like 
the feeling of being alone in a sea of people, both a comfort and an awareness of solitude within 
the same atmosphere. My past is most vividly remembered in color and lineage, which is translated 
through my paintings. Crowds of people, coming and going, connected in terms of atmosphere and 
color palette yet all relatively strangers to each other.

Certain circumstances, we come across a stranger who gives us direct eye contact. It may only 
be 10 seconds, but in that instance we are connected, leaving room for recognition in the future 
and adding to our memory. My square paintings center around that circumstance - the figure, 
carved into the wood, a colorless stranger, as the abstract color and texture of the background 
explains all of the emotions expressed in that moment: overlapped and interlaced, flashing in our 
minds like Christmas lights wrapped around a tree. All the aspects of my colorful memory, 
underrating my linear thoughts.

My drawings emphasize my linear side. Layers of transparent paper expressing a disconnection 
between figures, as if they were in the same space but not necessarily at the same time. 
Time passing and changing, and memories that are shared or remembered, suggest that every 
disconnected person is ultimately connected. I thrive on this philosophy, noticing it when it pops 
up in movies, such as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and I Love Huckabees. It only takes 
one person to make an impression and create a memory in our minds that follows us throughout 
our life time.

Artist Biography

Diana Balderson graduated from Kutztown University with a double major in painting and drawing.
She moved to Philadelphia right out of school to immerse herself in the Philly art world. She's worked 
closely with a few local artists, still maintaining her own portfolio. Diana's work has evolved from
figurative realism to a more abstracted expressionistic approach. Through her warm earth tones, 
Diana channels her memories of people, familiar and foreign, and creates artwork about our connection
to strangers, our knowledge of acquaintances, and our own memories. 

View more of Diana's artwork at: www.dianabalderson.com