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Dianna Settles

Artist Statement Submitted 2020

In 2014, I traveled to Vietnam, beginning my indeterminate synthesis of traditional Vietnamese painting styles with the European canon. The marginalized bodies I depict render conflicting, complex feelings into sources of power and reclamation. My paintings materialize ephemeral experiences in order to reflect on and remember them in their ecstasies and agonies. They are ways of processing my identities, and celebrating the worlds my friends and I construct and inhabit. My compositions are collages that construct a richness beyond the emotional and historical resonances of their individual components. Whether portraying grand adventures or the banal moments of the everyday, I aspire to celebrate communal life, and inspire joy in the struggle to do so. My work illustrates joyful experiences, exalting in these moments and exploring ways to further elaborate them. My vibrant colors, poetic compositions, and playful mark-making help me reveal shared experience, elevating them beyond ind

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