Memories drive us. We live through experience and circumstance, creating new memories fromthe puzzle pieces of our past. The disconnect between pieces is relative to my artwork - likethe feeling of being alone in a sea of people, both a comfort and an awareness of solitude withinthe same atmosphere. My past is most vividly remembered in color and lineage, which is translatedthrough my paintings. Crowds of people, coming and going, connected in terms of atmosphere andcolor palette yet all relatively strangers to each other.
Certain circumstances, we come across a stranger who gives us direct eye contact. It may onlybe 10 seconds, but in that instance we are connected, leaving room for recognition in the futureand 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 backgroundexplains all of the emotions expressed in that moment: overlapped and interlaced, flashing in ourminds 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 disconnectionbetween 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 everydisconnected person is ultimately connected. I thrive on this philosophy, noticing it when it popsup in movies, such as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and I Love Huckabees. It only takesone person to make an impression and create a memory in our minds that follows us throughoutour life time.
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 workedclosely with a few local artists, still maintaining her own portfolio. Diana's work has evolved fromfigurative 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 connectionto strangers, our knowledge of acquaintances, and our own memories.