November 2014

Featured Artist

Diane Pierce

Diane Pierce – The Accidental Photograph

The quick capture of an image and the passage of time over its manipulation is combined in the series The Accidental Photograph.

With the photographic image, a Polaroid as the foundation, slowly over days, weeks, or months a conversation develops with a variety

of casually collected materials. The techniques and substances of collage become the associated possibilities for what is seen in the still  photograph. The images ask to be deciphered by one’s own internal logic and are not suggestive of any one particular notion. It seems the nature of collage to be in flux through process and as likely through interpretations over time. Lastly, formal concerns are not avoided and they exist for equal contemplation.

For over twenty years Diane Pierce has used the medium of photography as her most primary, expressive tool. The majority of her work is created on a small tabletop very much like a miniature theater. Themes for her work have included collected letters, an idea about marriage, observations when straying from home, and most consistently the exploration of still life, assemblage, and collage. She studied both Painting & Drawing and Photography as anundergraduate student at San Francisco State University and did graduate studies at Mills College, Oakland, CA, specifically in photography. She has a thorough background in traditional and digital skills as well as alternative photographic processes, and has often crossed the territories of a variety of mediums. Her work is in the collections of MOMA, San Francisco, The MFA, Houston, The Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, and has quietly exhibited over the past twenty-five years. She is the Photography Chair at De Anza College, Cupertino, CA.