Memory plays a role as an impetus to record. Stimuli are derived from snippets of the seemingly ordinary and initiated in the work itself—a sudden recollection of a place once visited, the luminous history embedded within layers of ink, or a story prompted by a single mark repeated over again.
Such visual moments, imbued with an emphasis on process, spur boundless threads. This begins as fodder; outcomes arrive through a process of investigation, reinvention and trial and error. Working intuitively with paper-based media pilots a new, imagined fiction. I aim to uncover a nonlinear connection, and unfold findings of our shared nature.
Artist Bio / CV
Diana Behl holds an MFA from The University of Iowa, and a BFA from Bowling Green State University. In her recent collection of prints, drawings and collages, titled Some Place Long Gone, themes of memory and longing are used as a point of departure. The images evolve considerably from start to finish, transforming from something that was once in moratorium into a new staged reality. The physical accumulation of collaged material and amassment of drawn marks express a desire to find a parallel between what is present and what is long gone. An emphasis on process allows for a gestated articulation of forms, composition and color. Her works on paper have been featured in the Western Edition of New American Paintings (Volume 66) as well as the 2004 New American Paintings MFA Annual. She has exhibited works at SPACE (Pittsburgh, PA), the Soo Visual Arts Center (Minneapolis, MN), the Plains Art Museum (Fargo, ND), and the International Print Center New York (New York, NY).