1221 BROADWAY: DIANE WILLIAMS
SLATE is pleased to present paintings by Diane Williams, on view through April 13, 2023 in the newly renovated lobby at 1221 Broadway. Visiting hours are Monday through Friday from 9am - 5pm.
Oakland, CA 94612
My work is inspired by the rhythms of nature rather than a literal interpretation. I use intuitive color, bold mark making and monumental scale as a vehicle for the voice of the strong feminine to weave nature’s story across time. Multiple layers chronicle what is concrete and what is illusive, erasures remind us that nothing is permanent, yet everything leaves an impression. The calm, vast space of the painting allows a story to be told through generations.
Throughout history artists have not only recorded and responded to events, but have served to direct, influence and heal the wounds of ailing cultures. Memory plays a role in my work, as the tempered nostalgia of my personal myth. Memory is represented with the reductive process of scraping, sanding and wiping off paint to leave traces of what lies beneath the surface. Just as trees communicate to each other through their roots, my paintings resonate on a level that is deeper than the surface. Finally, the physical traces of my movements mark the instant when I danced with the process. As soon as the dance ends it is recorded history.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Diane Williams received her MFA from John F. Kennedy University, Berkeley. In 2019, her work was awarded honorable mention at the Triton Museum of Art 20 Competition and Exhibition in San Jose. Williams is represented by galleries in New Mexico, Texas, New York, Paris, France and Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley.
To purchase art from the exhibition, contact SLATE Art Consulting at (510) 652-4085 or firstname.lastname@example.org.