Seeking Coalescence- works by Artist in Residence Diane Richey-Ward
“My recent drawings represent an ongoing series
combining man- made and organic form. My previous
exhibitions have included transparent and sculptural
elements, in addition to video installations.
The creative process stems from an investigation of
form: I use the observation of various subjects as a
springboard for invention.
Recently I have been developing a series which
investigates the potential of superimposing
photographic images with charcoal/pastel drawings. By
layering elements of mechanical and natural forms, in
both transparent color layers and drawn images, I
search for dynamic configurations and mutations.
I attempt to create an environment where the vigor, or
force created by the form is retained in the piece. By
seeking a delicate balance between improvisation and
resolution my goal is to retain a certain mystery and a
sense of kinetic movement. Ideally an immediate
transference of energy occurs.
I intend to further examine new aspects of layering as it
relates to the coalescence of form and idea- seeking an
understanding of the migrant/ nomadic nature of my
In an attempt to find my own voice in an increasingly
turbulent world, I’m seeking a certain poetic reality- an
unexpected trace order in chaos.” – Diane Richey-Ward
“It’s what I’ve never seen before that I recognize” – Diane Arbus