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Diana Jensen
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Dumbo



ARTIST STATEMENT: Art Statement In my paintings of oil on wood and canvas I rediscover and resurrect the people I find in discarded photo albums acquired at flea markets. Seeking the truth of the past, not simply historical record, I look for hidden expressions of intimacy and human interactions between the figures in the photographs. For a recent project I spent 2 years making paintings and an installation referencing photos I found of Pizzeria workers. I found dozens of snap shots of the workers (on the job and after hours) taped to the back wall of a pizzeria. The painting installation, "Galactic 99,” is composed of 99 individual portraits of the pizzeria workers on oil on wood and plexiglass installed on a wall. My goal was to paint each worker depicted in the snap-shots that I had found—acknowledging each as an individual. The “Blue Screen’” series of paintings (19 paintings) that accompanies the “Galactic 99” installation, focuses on the same snapshots of pizzeria workers. The title of the series references the blue screens of film making, where figures are shot and extracted from an environments pictorially. In both the installation and the painting series I investigate the role of the individual with in a group—studying how, in life, people come together randomly, interact and become close knit community.
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