DIANA ALVA

Ms. New Spectacles
11 x 14 inches
mixed media
$100.
Ms. Out and About
11 x 14 inches
mixed media
$100.

Ms. Buddah Mind
9 x 12 inches
mixed media
$75.

Ms. Riding the Metro
9 x 12 inches
mixed media
$75.
Ms. More Than You Know
9 x 12 inches
mixed media
$75.


ARTIST STATEMENT
Faces 2010
I have never really talked about this. When I was twenty five or so, I experienced an automobile accident that caused me to go through a windshield. From that time on the feeling of looking out of a container has stayed strong in my mind. Oh, I healed and the scares are probably more internal than anything else, but the reflex action is still there. The feeling of containment and container are messages that keep me painting faces. We look out of them. We take in the joys and woes of the day and add another layer of containment to ourselves. Day in and day out we process and lay out our own images to be evaluated by strangers. Then we retreat and wonder if we are understood or not. We add decorations such as jewelry, hats and glasses and wonder if we have on the right styles or not. We evaluate other faces all the time, at a moments notice and we wonder. All faces are different, yet we try to fit ours into the ideal mold, the accepted image of the day. As we age the face seems to tell all the stories we forget to own. With that said, my painted faces are about containment, looking out, connecting and experiencing what lays before me. The new face I havenít painted yet and the face ahead, the uniqueness of the life within. How it changes mood with color and shapes. In the container is me looking out. Out of the container, is me looking at the finished product and becoming the evaluator. The container, is me, the in the box, out of the box abstract theory. By using Abstract color and curvilinear lines, I can create the feeling of time standing still, the face becomes the canvas. This gives me the experience of creating expression at many different levels.

ARTIST BIO
I consider myself and Painter and a Clay Person. I studied Ceramics at Wayne State University, and worked in production at Pewabic Pottery in Detroit, for three years, back in the eighties. Over the last seven years my work in clay has been running and operating my own studio the Detroit Clay Company. I enjoy working with Terracotta, it stays true to it's properties and the exploration of this material keeps my desire to create alive. Creating with Earthenware and expanding on the process opens up a myriad of possibilities, and it's fun. The images are forever changing. I'm inspired by Indian iconography and belief systems. Researching cultures, myths and storytelling, has given me a better understanding of my spiritual side. My vision is a personal creative journey. Iím probably better known for the gift tiles and the mosaics. During the holidays and summer art fairs I show my pottery and handmade pieces. My work can be seen locally, at places like, the Artist Market Christmas Show, Grosse Pointe Arts Center, Paint Creek Center for the Arts and year around at Xhochiís gift shop in Mexicantown in Detroit.

ARTIST CONTACT
http://diana-painterpottersixtywife.blogspot.com/

detroitclayco@att.net

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