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Diana has initiated community art projects at institutions across the United States and abroad. Her projects engage groups of people by getting them to work together and explore critical issues through a visual lens. She is passionate about facilitating creative, artistic endeavors in order to bring about personal and social change.
Diana offers custom art projects tailored to the proposed subject matter, size, time constraints and resources of the participating community. Her projects are available for all age groups. No previous artistic experience is necessary or expected.
Projects with Diana Gilon include...
EXPLORATION: Participants discover hidden personal skills such as artistic technique and creative expression. The challenge of defining subject matter and expressing thought visually forces participants to rethink and explore subjects in a whole new way. Besides exploring the subject matter and themselves, this fun and intense process creates a nurturing space for dialogue and deeper understanding of the other.
COLLABORATION: The art is created collaboratively from the initial design to the final product. Everyone comes with his or her own set of skills. The challenge is to engage the culmination of strengths and ignite new ones to create something special. Producing these projects is a team effort; participants take on roles such as Teacher, Painter, Designer, Logistics manager, DJ, Journalist/PR Rep, Group Entertainer and much more.
FUN! Here is what's awesome: Getting to know your neighbor, fellow student or co-worker while creating something beautiful together. Trying out something you have never done before or teaching others a skill you enjoy. Taking a break from work, classes or any other “routine” to make art or hanging out at the art site and sharing thoughts on the subject matter being expressed. Making a lasting, immeasurable gift with your community and gifting it to a partner community or organization.
Diana’s approach to her current work feels less like painting and more like a process of imprinting, deconstructing and constructing again. She creates “molds” of acrylic paints mixed with silicone substances set in seran wrap and sand. These molds are visual landscapes that describe her fondest memories. She washes them with layers of color until they perfectly define the emotions of each particular happenstance.
When the paint is dry, the results of this process are thick sheets of material that closely resemble textured, vinyl fabric. This new material becomes the final medium, sheets of memories of “paint paper”. Diana deconstructs, slices apart and collages together again this "paper" re-defining it and her own history in the process.