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Diana Schmertz

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Pile, oil on canvas, 36x30 inches ©2009
The Cause Of Itself, oil on canvas, 36x30 inches ©2010
They Are Each Other For A While, oil on canvas, 48x48 inches ©2010
Without Intention, oil on canvas, 36x30 inches ©2010
They Are Both Each Other For A While, , oil on canvas, 48x72 inches ©2009
Artist's Statement

Composed primarily of close-up images of physical contact between people, my paintings are an investigation of the self and the other. Each work depicts somatic sensation, an experience of physical sentiment in a pre-verbal, visceral space. The fragmentation of these moments of contact lends ambiguity to both the pictorial space of the composition and to the boundary between the people portrayed. The application of paint is sensual conveying an intimacy rooted in connectedness and the interrelation of beings.


2009 PERFECT8 Bodega Installation, Last Stop Convenience, NYC
2008-9 PERFECT8 Magazine Stand Project, NYC streets & Haven Arts, NYC
2008 ECHOES, K.B, Gallery, NYC
2003 Reverent Awe, Studio 12N, NYC
2010 The Intimacy of Memory, Galería Nacional, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Core, Under Minerva Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Women in the Heights, NoMAA Gallery, NYC
2009 Body Politic, The Jungle, NYC
NoMAA Grantees, NoMAA Gallery, NYC
2008 Beneath the Skin: a Perfect 8 Exhibit, Chashama ABC, NYC
2006 Penetrating Empathy, a Perfect8 Exhibit, Haven Arts, NYC
Grants & Awards
2008 &09 & 10 Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance Grants
2008 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council – Manhattan Community Arts Grant
1994-5 De Ateliers 63 – 2-year working artist grant awarded by the Dutch Government