Incubator Project Space
October 5 – 31, 2014
Opening Reception: Sunday, Oct. 5, 2 - 4 pm
My recent works are influenced by the balanced, understated harmony with which Japanese artists and designers organize space on every scale, ranging from carefully raked rock gardens, through micro-sized Tokyo apartments, down to lacquered bento boxes containing colorful sushi lunches. I have always embraced the Japanese aesthetic wabi sabi, meaning “beauty that is imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.” My solo trip to Japan this summer furthered my fascination with Japanese design and the organization of space as a characteristic of life and culture. Using a hand-drawn grid to represent ambiguous ephemeral space, my current series brings attention to the often-ignored spaces between objects, or micro-spaces, that exist around us.
This series of grid-based work begins as flat drypoint etchings, printed on large sheets of paper or fabric, which are then cut and folded or sewn into sculptures or three-dimensional wall art. The printed work begins with a linear grid hand-etched into the printing plate. By wiping and overlapping the printed plates, depth and tone emerge on the otherwise flat surfaces. Within the grid, variations in line position cause intersections, where micro-spaces appear. After printing, I introduces a third physical dimension by folding the paper into peaks and valleys, or by sewing the fabric into cubes and spheres.
Diana MacKenzie is the Public Art Program Educator at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA. She designs on-site and off-site programs and workshops which help children and adults develop their instinctive artistic abilities. In addition to her drawings, paintings, and work in the print studio, Diana
produces three-dimensional works in metals, clay and wood. She received a BFA in Printmaking from Syracuse University in 2005.