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Diana Schmertz
new york, NY
Neighborhood: East Williamsburg



ARTIST STATEMENT: I am interested in the systems people create in order to organize what they perceive in the world around them. These systems can be based in science, religion, psychology or philosophy. No matter how intellectual a system or idea may appear, I believe it is always filtered through our physical senses. For this reason I use imagery of the body to depict “moments of contact” between the self and the other. Paint is my primary medium, for it reinforces the concept of perception and interpretation through the body. In my mixed media works I layer circular reproductions of my paintings as a form of mark making and to convey an accumulation of moments of contact. In each work the fragmentation of the moments of contact lends ambiguity to both the pictorial space and to the boundary between the people portrayed. Empty space and geometric elements are juxtaposed with organic imagery as a means to balance perspectives of reason and that of sense. From afar the work appears to be a unit that references objectivity and systemization via mathematical/scientific observation and/or collections of moments in non-linear time. At close range the system collapses, engaging the viewer intimately and personally. Due to the physical constraints of our being we are unable to interact with the work from both perspectives in the same time and space. My work makes this condition appear, echoing our inherent struggle to simultaneously understand relationships from both the subjective and objective, the ordered and the chaotic. Diana Schmertz
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  • Alternates
    2016
    watercolor on cut paper
    16 inch diameter
    This painting is on paper cut into words which are from Alyse Knorr's chapbook, Alternates. Reading Alyse Knorr's poetry is a unique experience in which her words are so physical that I f

  • Alternates
    2016
    watercolor on cut paper
    16 inch diameter
    This painting is on paper cut into words which are from Alyse Knorr's chapbook, Alternates. Reading Alyse Knorr's poetry is a unique experience in which her words are so physical that I f

  • E
    2016
    watercolor on cut paper
    8 inch diameter

  • E
    2016
    watercolor on cut paper
    8 inch diameter

  • Irrational Constants
    2016
    oil on canvas
    36x38 inches

  • Origin (belly buttons)
    2015 - present
    oil on wood tondos
    2" diameters (7ft long)

  • Origin (belly buttons) - close-up
    2015 - present
    oil on wood tondos
    2 inch diameter tondos

  • The Logic of Loss
    2015
    oil & ink on wood
    20x20 inches

  • An Incoherent Longing For Gravity
    2015
    oil on wood (acrylic white background)
    20x20 inches

  • Momentary Lapses of Something Greater
    2015
    oil on wood (acrylic white background)
    nine 20x20 inch wood panels

  • Pi
    2013-14
    pencil and text drawings of every creation story I can find
    3 inch diameter - individual discs

  • Pi
    2013-14
    pencil and text
    3 inch diameter disc
    close image of one creation story from complete "Pi" piece.

  • Phi
    2013
    100 - 4" diameter etched mirrors
    7x6 feet

  • Solid Pieces of Silence (Anne Carson quote)
    2013-14
    oil paintings encased in clear acrylic spheres
    2 inch diameter spheres

  • Systematic Constructions For The Reduction Of Uncertainty
    2013
    reproductions of my paintings adhered to the walls and encased in 1" spheres
    20 x 30 feet gallery installation
    Gallery Installation at Garis&Hahn, NYC

  • Solid Pieces of Silence (Anne Carson quote)
    2014
    oil paintings encased in clear acrylic spheres
    2 inch diameter spheres

  • Material Engagement with Time
    2013
    resined circular reproductions of my paintings immersed in liquid in glass sphere
    4 inch diameter

  • The Uncertainty Principle
    2013
    oil on canvas
    90x108 inches - individual circles 3/4 inch diameter

  • Systematic Constructs For The Reduction Of Uncertainty
    2013
    reproductions of my paintings adhered to the walls and encased in 1" spheres
    20 x 30 feet gallery installation
    Gallery Installation at Garis & Hahn, NYC

  • Systematic Constructions For The Reduction Of Uncertainty
    2013
    reproductions of my paintings adhered to the walls and encased in 1" spheres
    20 x 30 feet gallery installation
    Gallery installation at Garis&Hahn, NYC
 








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