Here is Diana’s story on how her piece developed using waste as a valuable and available resource – Forager. In Search of Blossom…No Future Here
Using the natural environment as inspiration, Diana meticulously and professionally creates pieces using various found building and household waste. This piece exhibited at the Lake Macquarie Sustainable Neighbourhoods Waste to Art Exhibition.
Forager. In Search of Blossom…No Future Here
The title of my piece pretty much sums up the story:
A poor little honey bee is in search of blossom, but these flowers are a fruitless food source. One day this may be the only representation of a garden that once was unless we start to tread lightly and change our footprint on Earth.
All materials in this piece were upcycled – timber rafters and floorboards, plastic milk bottles, bead door curtain, communication wire, copper wire, leather handbag, copper strapping, and timber venetian blinds.
Waste has a Story
My inspiration comes from the natural environment and the decline of the bee population. I was hearing and seeing a lot around the decline of bees and felt compelled to convey my concern through my art piece.
I enjoy showcasing my work and seeing the smiles on faces when the viewer realises the piece is someone else’s ‘rubbish’. All this ‘rubbish’ has a history, and it excites me to make something new from materials with a previous story.
I seek out competitions and exhibitions that require recycled or alternative materials.
Collected. Found. Recycled
Creating has been a constant for as long as I can remember. I studied Fine Art at the Hunter Institute NSW in the 90s and the Pilbara Institute WA from 2010-12.
I can’t really pinpoint a time when I started using recycled and foraged materials because as a child I was happy to use whatever resources were on hand, generally, it was cereal boxes, tin cans or foraged sticks and gumnuts.
…look beyond the obvious and appreciate the beauty in the materials
These days, my palette is similar. It’s collected, found, borrowed and recycled. Fragments of the environment are created by deconstructing, manipulating and reinventing the materials. The combination of these materials with design elements such as form, line and repetition allows me to produce intimate works which invite the viewer to look beyond the obvious and appreciate the beauty in the materials.
2020 Waste to Art
You will see my work at this year’s Lake Macquarie Sustainable Neighbourhoods Waste to Art Exhibition. I’m not totally sure what the final work will be, but I’ve started collecting. I’ve got cupboards full of ‘resources’, and I’m just waiting for my artist mind to kick into gear.
I had my work at Creative Village Newcastle, but I’ve had several months off as we are renovating and it’s been all-consuming. We are nearing the end, so I’m looking forward to getting back into it.
More Inspiring Stories.
Resources & Places.
Stories About How Local Creatives Upcycle and Reuse:
Local Events & Places Diana Mentions in her Story
Relevant Info on Bees
- Getting the Buzz on the Value of Bees – an Australian-based science information website