Dian Sourelis

 

 

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Purse

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Who Shall Go?

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

For as long as I can remember, I have found beauty, depth and balance in what others cast off. A tiny scrap of rusted metal, a worn square of cloth or leather, discarded family photos, old nails…….

It is a peaceful practice. I gather up these odd, but beautiful, objects and materials and combine them to tell stories, to evoke emotion. My work is quiet, yet strong, like the everyday people in the images and the sturdy, repurposed materials themselves.

I work with a variety of materials: reclaimed silk, wood and canvas, silkscreen frames, found paper and cardboard, wooden tools and sharpening stones, thread, screen and rusted metal. These materials provide a richly textured starting point, complete with old tape, staples, wood joists and other functional elements, sharing their own history of careful use.

My use of repetitive imagery, linear and graphic forms, and often, the written word, have produced an ethereal, peaceful body of work that explores the themes of gender, family, memory and purpose.

Look closely! It is in the tiny surprises, the subtle areas of image and texture, that I find the fun and the comfort.