My recent work explores enigmas of the private and untamed parts of our thoughts. There is value in visiting these mysterious and chaotic places. They are a source of power, imagination and deep personal identity.
'Unanswered Questions' is a series of ink drawings on paper. The drawings are an investigation into the nature of light and shadow. These images are begun by drawing with reflected sunlight onto my studio wall. The gesture of my body creates shadows onto which strong morning sunlight can be reflected and manipulated. The character of these sunlight drawings is ephemeral and fleeting, and the nature of light and shadow on a wall is two dimensional. Working with ink on paper allows me to re-imagine the light and shadow unconstrained by time. It also allows me to suggest a three dimensional space in which light becomes a fragile structure that glows, moves, and saturates the surrounding air.
‘What Dreams May Come’ is a series of linoleum cuts that are portraits of older women. These portraits suggest the complexity of their internal lives informed by years of experience. Older women in America face tremendous challenges, personally, socially, and politically. The portraits reveal the resilience and beauty of women who have reached a period of balance and wisdom, and address the question of how a woman in America ages with grace.
Working in linoleum, I embrace the fluid and responsive quality of the material. Honing my own cutting tools from found metal and broken dental picks has allowed me to explore a very personal and delicate mark. In this way I am able to draw with light and shadow into a velvet black to address the complex nature of my subject.
Donna Diamond was born and raised in New York City. She attended Boston University School of Art and received a BFA in Sculpture. Encouraged by Robert Blackburn, she pursued printmaking at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop.
Creating monotypes and drawings, Ms Diamond went on to make art for books, where her work met with critical success. The books in which her art appears have won numerous awards including The Newbery Medal, The Bank Street College Irma Simonton Black Award, The Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, and the Golden Kite Award.
Fascinated by the power of narrative, Ms. Diamond completed a suite of seventeen paintings that work sequentially to express a psychological drama. The paintings were published as a wordless book called THE SHADOW by Candlewick Press in 2010.
In 2013 Ms. Diamond received the BRIO Award for Drawing from the Bronx Council on the Arts. In 2012, she was chosen as a the subject of the Bronx Council on the Arts 'Artist Spotlight' ( http://www.bronxarts.org/BRIOSpotlight_donna_diamond.asp ). In 2011, she received the BRIO Award for Printmaking from the Bronx Council on the Arts, and participated in the New York Print Club's 'Artists' Showcase'. Two of her linoleum cuts were published and exhibited by Cannonball Press in 2010. In 2008, she received the BRIO Award for Book Arts. Additionally, four of her recent monotypes have been published in Carrier Pigeon Magazine of Illustrated Fiction and Fine Art.
In the past two years, her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the United States that include The International Print Center New York, The Visual Arts Center at the University of Texas in Austin, The Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art in Richmond, Virginia, Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano - Printmaking International Biennial in Peru, The Metropolis Gallery in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, The Flat Iron Gallery in Peekskill, New York, The Ben Shahn Gallery at Paterson University in New Jersey, The Allegra LaViola Gallery in New York City, The Robert Blackburn 20/20 Gallery in New York City, The Bushwick Print Lab in Brooklyn, New York, The Sacred Gallery in New York City, The Washington Printmakers Gallery in Maryland, The PowerHouse Arena in DUMBO, The Manhattan Graphics Center in New York City, The Longwood Gallery in the Bronx, The Joslyn Art Museum in Nebraska, The Space Gallery in Maine, The Mad Art Gallery in St Louis, and The Rush Gallery in Chelsea, New York.
Ms. Diamond is currently creating prints, drawings, and books in her studio and at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop.