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Dianne Smith

Studio Building
Studio Interior
Studio Location
Waste not want not, 2009, rope, string, cardboard, clothing, fabric, rags, 24 x 13 x 6
All wrapped up, 2009, junk mail, string, rope, paper towel and toilet paper rolls, 36 x 10 x 5
Bounded memories, 2009, rope, magazines, old files, canvas, 69 x 12 x 5
What it is now, 2010, rope, string, bamboo sticks, junk mail, burlap, 40 x 12x 6
Untitled, 2010, string, fabric, clothing, 24 x 15 x 10
Artist's Statement

One day, while cleaning my kitchen I began to pay attention to the size of my trashcan. What occurred to me was how large it was for one person. The next day I swapped it out for a much smaller one. However, that did not satisfy my preoccupation with waste. I became consumed with what I threw away. Suddenly, I began saving things like: junk mail, bottles, cans, old clothes, painting rags, files, newspapers, packaging, etc. These (otherwise) discarded materials became part of my inner dialogue--a metaphor for how I view the world. Identity: race, gender, religion, inequity and consumption in a global climate filled with economic despair are all interrelated. Yet,
my personhood defines my relationship with each one. Just as it defines the relationship I have with the items I use in my sculptures.


Dianne featured in the 2007 Boondoggle Film Documentary Colored Frames, was also co-producer of an online radio show the New Palette, dedicated to visual artists of color, and since 2005 has been a teaching artist with Lincoln Center Institute. She has exhibited with noted artists including Norman Lewis, Samella Lewis, Chakai Booker, and Howardena Pindell. Dianne also presented esteemed Poet and Author, Dr. Maya Angelou and Broadway Dance Choreographer George Faison each with one of her most celebrated pieces in 1995: Spirit of My Ancestors "I" and "II." 

She is a Bronx native of Belizean descent. She attended LaGuardia High School of Music and Art, the Otis Parsons School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Her works are also in the private collections of Danny Simmons, UFA Gallery, Vivica A. Fox, Rev. and Mrs. Calvin O. Butts, III, Cicely Tyson and Terry McMillian.