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Bottom Feeders.jpg

watercolor
"Bottom Feeders" is a watercolor painting, 54"H x 36" w, 2015

Regatta.jpg

recycled arts magazines
"Regatta" is an installation of paper boats folded from the pages of recycled arts magazines. Hung on a 4' x 8' wooden grid 10 feet high, 393 paper boats are suspended over a 4' x 8' area of recycled 12" x 12" mirror squares. The installation pictured is at Towson University Center for the Arts Gallery in 2012.

Coming And Going

oil, chair, red
"Coming and Going" is an oil painting, 2009, 48" H x 36" W.

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Brightly colorful "raging" people and fish
"Rage" is a watercolor from which I will take images to be parts of animation

Paper Boat Projects

PAPER BOAT PROJECTS: I recycle the pages of current, mainstream art magazines by folding them into paper boats and signing the bow. This gives them new identity as artifacts. Grouped on a gallery floor they seem to indicate a current. On an acrylic mirror they are reflected as if in water.
Wall art that I have drawn and painted referencing the boats can be installed with the boat arrangements on acrylic mirrors. This challenges spatial boundaries visually as the wall art reflects around the boats. When the mirror is placed on the floor with paper boats suspended in a grid above it, movement and a new set of spatial experiences are provided.
Viewers are invited to take a boat and/or make a boat. As this changes the arrangement on the mirror, the viewers become participants in the project design.

  • Regatta

    365 Paper Boats folded from old arts magazines, installed over flea market found mirrors.
    365 Paper Boats folded from old arts magazines, installed over flea market found mirrors. Juried into exhibit at Towson University in Sept 2012, It was granted a travel award. It was juried into the Pinkard Gallery for Artscape 2015
  • Detail from "Crossing the River"

    A bright orange boat with an eye
    A very close up view of a detail of "Crossing the River". The "Eye Boat" is used as a character in my animation work. It is part of the painting "Mainstreams".
  • "Currents"

    First installed in May of 2008, the 40" x 25" graphite on paper drawing was based on the paper boats which were then included in the installation on an acrylic mirror 8'long and 30" wide. Viewers were invited to take a boat, thus participating in the visual arrangement of the installation. Of course, more boats were then added.
  • Bottom Feeders

    watercolor on paper, 53" x40", 2013
  • 100 Boat Current

    This installation was juried into "ART MD" at the Howard County Center for Arts in Dec 2012 and awarded in the exhibit.
  • Mainstream, Installation

    Brightly colored oil painting with paper boat installation
    "Mainstream"first installed in October 2009, has two oil paintings ("Boat House", 36" x 36" and "Crossing the River", 36" x 48") installed above the 8' by 30" acrylic mirror with paper boat arrangement. It was juried into exhibit and awarded at Towson University in Sept 2012
  • Boathouse

    As you face the "Mainstream" installation, "Boathouse" is the 36" x 36" oil painting on the left side. It was completed in October 2009. It was juried into exhibit and awarded at Towson University in Sept 2012
  • 100 Boat Current

    This installation of paper boats was created in July 2012 for Artscape 2012 at CCBC Catonsville
  • Maelstrom Installation, folded paper boats, tomato tent, and mirror, shown at Towson University in 2014

    Recycling art magazines, I use the ancient art of paper folding to transform pages into paper boats.  Combined with tomato tents and a mirror, they create a maelstrom of confusion in this installation which is 11 feet high and ten feet in diameter. For me
    Recycling art magazines, I use the ancient art of paper folding to transform pages into paper boats. Combined with tomato tents and a mirror, they create a maelstrom of confusion in this installation which is 11 feet high and ten feet in diameter. For me this confusion alludes to the global condition.
  • Maelstrom detail

    Shadows on the wall and movement of some of the boats give an extension and liveliness to the Maelstrom Installation at the Howard County Center for the Arts in December of 2014
    Shadows on the wall and movement of some of the boats give an extension and liveliness to the Maelstrom Installation at the Howard County Center for the Arts in December of 2014

Being

Contemplating what it is to be.
What is familiar,
What is unfamiliar?

  • Rage_.jpg

    Bright colored, "Rage" is a long, narrow watercolor 8" high by 18" wide, it is about what people do with their anger. Images from it will be used for animation.
    "Rage" is a long, narrow watercolor 8" high by 18" wide, it is about what people do with their anger. Images from it will be used for animation.
  • Argon_Traveler.jpg

    "Argon Traveler" is the one person who  persists against all odds. The watercolor is 15" x 11"
    "Argon Traveler" is the one person who persists against all odds. The watercolor is 15" x 11"
  • Alien.jpg

    "Alien" is the unfamiliar within and without.  It is watercolor 24" x 24"
    "Alien" is the unfamiliar within and without. It is watercolor 24" x 24"
  • Life_Forms.jpg

    "Life Forms" are a group of clothing forms drawn with graphite pencil.
    "Life Forms" are a group of clothing forms drawn with graphite pencil.
  • Embrace.jpg

    "Embrace" is a watercolor, 30" x 22", that is about the love of nature
    "Embrace" is a watercolor, 30" x 22", that is about the love of nature
  • Song_of_theSea.jpg

    "Song of the Sea" is a 30" x 22" watercolor inspired by the rhythms of the earth's oceans.
    "Song of the Sea" is a 30" x 22" watercolor inspired by the rhythms of the earth's oceans.
  • Dream.jpg

    "Dream" is a graphite drawing that contemplates images of a dreamscape
    "Dream" is a graphite drawing that contemplates images of a dreamscape
  • Character_StudyBlue.jpg

    "Character Study" is giclee developed with watercolor
    "Character Study" is giclee developed with watercolor
  • Assembly.jpg

    "Assembly" is graphite drawing 16" x 20"
    "Assembly" is graphite drawing 16" x 20"
  • Edge_ofEden.jpg

    "Edge of Eden" is a brightly colored watercolor
    "Edge of Eden" is a brightly colored watercolor

Reflection

Filming video in museums and galleries, then showing them in galleries or museums, simulates the timelessness and similarity of the museum/gallery experience.
Viewers think they are seeing "live feed".

  • Video in Gallery Exhibit at Towson University

    The video, Reflection, is placed in the gallery among Diana Marta's paintings at Towson University in June of 2014
    The video, Reflection, is placed in the gallery among Diana Marta's paintings at Towson University in June of 2014
  • Still from video Reflection

    The feet on the shiny museum floor give viewers a sense of live feed, which emphasizes the timeless quality of museum viewing.
    The feet on the shiny museum floor give viewers a sense of live feed, which emphasizes the timeless quality of museum viewing. Do you see the Giacometti?
  • Reflection-3 and a half minute continuous loop video

    Filmed in Nov 2012 at Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. The people are random, unidentified museum goers. The sequence is edited by Diana Marta. Do you see the one permanent pair of feet that belong to a Giacometti sculpture? Filming video in museums and galleries, then showing them in galleries or museums, simulates the timelessness and similarity of the museum/gallery experience. Viewers think they are seeing "live feed".
  • Still from Reflection video

    A still from the video reflection which was filmed at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. The video presents the sameness of museum and gallery experiences. In fact, viewers look to see if they are on live feed.

Time Travellers

Through time, my paper boats have taken me on various "travels".
This has made me realize that time provides us with companions to travel with. Not always or not often family, our time companions come and go. We turn around and they have changed, come back from the past, lead toward a future, appear and disappear. It is a mystery how the sorting among people we share time's experiences with works.

  • "What Do You Wish"

    Other side of "hula hoop quilt" self-portrait. Fabric and collected memorabilia, quilted and supported on hula hoop.  Nov 2013
    Other side of "hula hoop quilt" self-portrait. Fabric and collected memorabilia, quilted and supported on hula hoop. Nov 2013 Starting with the nursery rhyme "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod" I quilted my family origins on the other side of this quilt and continued through my adult life to the present on the this side. "What do You Wish" as if "the old moon asked" the "time travelers".
  • Where do you come from?

    Front side of "hula hoop quilt" self-portrait. Fabric and collected memorabilia, quilted and supported on hula hoop.  Nov 2013
    Front side of "hula hoop quilt" self-portrait. Fabric and collected memorabilia, quilted and supported on hula hoop. Nov 2013 Starting with the nursery rhyme "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod" I quilted my family origins on this side of the quilt and continued through my adult life to the present on the other side. "What do You Wish" as if "the old moon asked".
  • Time Travellers 1_2_3

     "Time Travelers 1, 2, 3", watercolor, 15" x11", 2013 The people we go through time with are ever changing
    "Time Travelers 1, 2, 3", watercolor, 15" x11", 2013 The people we go through time with are ever changing
  • Between Lives and Longings

    watercolor, 15" x22", 2013 Having won a Cubbison Memorial Exhibit Travel Award in Sept 2012 at Towson University, I began a Time Travelers series of artworks with this watercolor.
    watercolor, 15" x22", 2013 Having won a Cubbison Memorial Exhibit Travel Award in Sept 2012 at Towson University, I began a Time Travelers series of artworks with this watercolor.
  • Time Travellers 12, watercolor, 2014

    A watercolor 15" x 15" this is part of the Time Traveler series Movement of the hands of time are written about in the painting
    A watercolor 15" x 15" this is part of the Time Traveler series Movement of the hands of time are written about in the painting
  • LA Walk is inspired by the Walk of Fame

    Inspired by the activity on the Walk of Fame in LA, this watercolor 15 in. H x 22  in. was painted in May of 2014, as part of the Time Travelers series.
    Inspired by the activity on the Walk of Fame in LA, this watercolor 15 in. H x 22 in. was painted in May of 2014, as part of the Time Travelers series.
  • Vestige of Eden

    Watercolor painting 22" x 30", Fall 2013 If the earth is all we have left of Eden, what are we doing to it?
  • Alien

    "Alien" is a watercolor 24" x 24" from 2016. It reflects on the unknown in our lives.
    "Alien" is a watercolor 24" x 24" from 2016. It reflects on the unknown in our lives.

Ordinary Woman Installation

I proposed, curated, and participated in this installation, inviting 14 artists to interpret the lives of ordinary women. We each provided a 16"x16" self portrait for the wall as well as a garment for a vintage mannikin I named "Evelyn Everywoman"

  • Sharon King with her self portrait box to be hung on the wall

    Sharon King represented her various self personae  within a box that could be opened.
    Sharon King represented her various self personae within a box that could be opened.
  • Hagar's Dress by Oletha DeVane

    Oletha DeVane translated the Biblical story of Hagar's struggles in the wilderness by making her garment with barbed wire and chains.
    Oletha DeVane translated the Biblical story of Hagar's struggles in the wilderness by making her garment with barbed wire and chains.
  • Diana Marta with Case of Identity

    Each artist in the Ordinary Woman Installation hung a self portrait no larger than 16" x 16" on the wall.  Diana Marta painted her acrylic self-portrait on a vintage wooden paintbox.The paint peeling effect on the box represents an active life well lived.
    Each artist in the Ordinary Woman Installation hung a self portrait no larger than 16" x 16" on the wall. Diana Marta painted her acrylic self-portrait on a vintage wooden paintbox.The paint peeling effect on the box represents an active life well lived.
  • Lucky Dress with Wishbone Necklace

    Made of losing lottery tickets sewed together, this is the Lucky Dress by Diana Marta. Whatever its social or cultural implications, the Lucky Dress is meant to be worn when one wishes for things to go well. It is accessorized by a chicken wishbone necklace.
  • Composite of garments installed

    This composite shows a number of the garments installed in the gallery
  • Lorraine Imwold installing

    The garments for Miss Evelyn were all hung at the same height from the ceiling. It was at the height of Miss Evelyn. The self portraits were then visible as if there were new garments for each angle the self portrait could be seen.
  • Measuring-Gif Animation, Click twice

    Lorraine Imwold is measuring Miss Evelyn while Sharon King is working in the background. You can see the animation if you click twice.
  • Diana Marta, Evelyn Everywoman, Nicole Buckingham

    Measuring the mannikin named Evelyn Everywoman was just the beginning. Each artist created a garment with meaning to her own life. The garments are a size that would fit the mannikin.
  • Evie 3, watercolor by Diana Marta

    Evie 3 is one of the watercolors Diana Marta painted for the invitation to Ordinary Woman Collaborative Installation Exhibit.
  • Invitation for Ordinary Woman Installation, images by Diana Marta, space and text design by Nicole Buckingham

    Compositing watercolor images and a photo of the mannikin called Evelyn Everywoman, Diana gave the image to Nicole Buckingham who arranged the image and text to design the invitation to the Ordinary Woman Collaboratove Installation. The fifteen participants are named in the invitation and may have their own Baker site.

Women's Themes

Women's concerns have been ongoing themes in my drawing, painting, and now in my digital work.

They include a one minute gif animation translated digitally as a continuous loop:
I can recall blotting lipstick ever since I was a girl sneaking a chance to try my mother's colors. "Just A Minute" is the brief, repeated gesture of women applying uncountable numbers of repetitions for a lifetime.
More recently, in Jan 2014, I proposed, curated, and participated in "Ordinary Woman" Installation at Howard Co Arts Center (see above)

  • DoublePeople

    "Double People", watercolor, 2016, 15" x 20", upside down or right side up? Are we multiple people?
    "Double People", watercolor, 2016, 15" x 20", upside down or right side up? Are we multiple people?
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    "Mannequins" is a graphite drawing 15" x 9" from 2016. Even the placement of the dress models have heirarchy.
    "Mannequins" is a graphite drawing 15" x 9" from 2016. Even the placement of the dress models have heirarchy.
  • "If only I could dance", 2010

    Detail from "IF" installation of puppets made with recycled 12" dolls, accompanied by a group of shadow-like drawings.  10' x 16' x 3'.  Acrylic mirrors are used, too.
    Detail from "IF" installation of puppets made with recycled 12" dolls, accompanied by a group of shadow-like drawings. 10' x 16' x 3'. Acrylic mirrors are used, too. "If" challenges our expectations and aspirations of "looking like a doll". My face is on this puppet, and some others. There are small mirrors on other puppets of both genders.
  • Muse

    In this oil my gray, masked, studio "muse" is haloed by the color wheel and surrounded by chairs. Her mask reflects the puzzling feelings that go along with getting older.
    "Muse" Oil painting, 48" x 36", 2005. In this oil my gray, masked, studio "muse" is haloed by the color wheel and surrounded by chairs. Her mask reflects the puzzling feelings that go along with getting older.
  • Role Models

    "Little Me", excerpted from an early family photo, is surrounded by the role models of my generation which are usually the male view of the ideal for women.
    Digital Print (dye-sublimation) 8" x 10" "Little Me", excerpted from an early family photo, is surrounded by the role models of my generation which are usually the male view of the ideal for women.
  • Mind Map

    Digital image, size variable, 2008.
    Digital image, size variable, 2008.
  • Hiding/Reaching

    From feeling faceless, nameless, to following aspirations, which women get the "golden eggs" or, who drops the "apple of Eve"?
    Watercolor painting, 36" x 48", 2000. From feeling faceless, nameless, to following aspirations, which women get the "golden eggs" or, who drops the "apple of Eve"?
  • Monitor Still from "Just A Minute"

    "Just a Minute" was installed as a continuous loop DVD in May of 2010. You can see the one minute movie at the Animation page of my web site http://dianamarta.com
  • Still from "Just A Minute"

    When do little girls start to think about lipstick--red, orange, pink, purple, neutral? This frame exemplifies my oil painting/ digital interactions. You can see the one minute movie on the Animation page of my web site at: http://dianamarta.com
  • Just A Minute

    I can recall blotting lipstick ever since I was a girl sneaking a chance to try my mother's colors. "Just A Minute" is the brief, repeated gesture of women applying lipstick casually, as ritual, discreetly, provocatively in uncountable numbers of repetitions for a lifetime.

Response to Nature

Nature elicits a visual and emotional response in me. It is bigger than we are, but we need to remember that our physicality is a part of nature's cycles as well as its aberrations.

From the miracle of seeds bursting with new life forms to the terror of maelstroms, both intricacy and simplicity astound.

Light has more intense color than the eye can behold. Endless textures and patterns play on our senses. The lessons and narratives of the planets are orchestrated into silence and song beyond our own small understandings. So I contemplate and respond.

Chairs

Chairs are objects that can convey varied meanings when included in drawings and paintings. In my work they are metaphors for people and sometimes represent me. Active surfaces and layered meanings allow interpretation of chair situations as personal narratives.

The vintage chairs from my family history remind me of the people with whom I shared them. The flea market found chairs can become surfaces for art making or be arranged as installation elements.

  • Audience, installed 2009

    "Audience" is a group of chairs assembled as place for people to sit, to see, and to be part of an exhibit. After chairs are arranged, faux cast shadows of them are painted on the floor in a value slightly different from the floor. People sitting in the chairs are surprised that their own shadows are not part of the floor shadows. It is as if the people, not the chairs, are ghosts.
  • History Chair

    Transforming an ordinary chair into an artifact with surface text, I realized that history furniture for me is closely tied to memories of the people with whom I shared the furniture.
  • Yellow Chair

    Oil painting, 48"x36", this was completed in 2006.
  • Shadow and Light

    Watercolor painting, 22" x 15", March 2010. The chair and the shadow metaphorically represent the gradual passing of a dear, elderly friend and mentor.
  • Still Life

    Watercolor 15" x 22", 2009. Shape, pattern, and play with a chair included.
  • Time to Read

    Graphite on paper drawing, 25" x 40", 2009. The vintage chair in the foreground had been my grandmother's, then my mother's. It alludes to the passing of time. A friend is almost transparent as reading transports her away from her physical self.
  • Leaving Eden

    Mixed media on paper, 60" x 96". The chair in the lower foreground and the yellow door layer the meanings of domestic Eden.
  • Muse

    Oil painting, 48" x 36", completed in 2005, this was a "color wheel" play on the props and patterns in my studio.
  • Puppet Show

    Oil painting, 48" x 36", this narrative was finished in late 2009, complete with an audience of chairs.
  • Coming and Going

    Oil painting, 48"x36", completed in July of 2007, it was included in the Maryland State Arts Council 40th Anniversary Exhibit. I wanted to paint with red and this reflection on changing generations evolved.

Puppet Show Themes

In life and in making art, it sometimes feels like there is an outside force pulling the strings of one's intentions and the intentions of others. My puppet series has emerged from those feelings of action/reaction, control/response, structure and free fall. This results in simultaneity, many things happening at once with layered meanings, while other stuff is going on behind the scenes. The free fall is my comfort zone in moving from one kind of space or materials to another. Possibilities aren't eliminated by my drawing or painting in only one format. As the works transition and grow they develop unexpected aspects.

  • "If" dolls

    Installed and awarded at Towson University in Sept 2012
  • "If I Could Dance"

    This is a detail of the "If Installation". I used flea market found 12" dolls as puppets with "if only" tags that represent human wishes and intentions. This puppet has a photo of my face pasted on it. Other puppets do, too. And many have small mirrors to reflect the viewers face.
  • "If Installation", May 2010

    Suspended from a metal grid with black lines, and backed by a series of shadow-like drawings, the puppets are part of a spatial installation that relates to the shadows cast on the wall.
  • Detail of the "If Installation", May 2010

    Puppets with mirrors and pieces of mirror acrylic that reflect the viewers are parts of the "If Installation".
  • Detail of the first "If Installation", October 2009

    This is a detail of the first time "If" was installed with drawings and shadows behind it.
  • Mannekins

    "Mannequins" is a graphite drawing 15" x 9" from 2016. Even the placement of the dress models have heirarchy.
    "Mannequins" is a graphite drawing 15" x 9" from 2016. Even the placement of the dress models have heirarchy.
  • Puppeteer

    My first puppet themed drawing is graphite on paper, 60" x 48", 1993.
  • Puppet Show

    This is an oil painting, 48" x 36", 2009, which was done simultaneously to the "If Installations"

My Studio

Works in progress in my studio

Paper, paint, canvas, pencil, recycled flea market finds, and digital work.
The sky's the limit.

  • Self portrait in progress 2014

    As part of the Ordinary Woman Installation each artist completed a self-portrait. Diana Marta painted hers with acrylic in Jan 2014 on the front of an old wooden paint box. Inside are mementos and memorabilia that represent elements of her life.
    As part of the Ordinary Woman Installation each artist completed a self-portrait. Diana Marta painted hers with acrylic in Jan 2014 on the front of an old wooden paint box. Inside are mementos and memorabilia that represent elements of her life.
  • Lucky Dress with Wishbone Necklace

    Lucky Dress was completed in Jan 2014 as garment for Ordinary Woman Installation. Like the Security Blanket it is made of losing lottery tickets sewed together.
  • Detail of "lottery dreams" pillow cover

    July 2012, quilted cloth and lottery tickets. ARTSCAPE 2012
  • Security Blanket

    Repurposed lottery tickets sewed together to make a "security blanket" and pillow cover of lottery dreams, July 2012. Juried into ARTSCAPE 2012 at the Catonsville Campus of CCBC.
  • My Studio

    Drawings and paintings in progress in my studio.
  • Paint Ghost

    Image on the index page of my web site at http://dianamarta.com
    Image on the index page of my web site at http://dianamarta.com
  • Diana Marta's studio in Nov 2014

    The Whimsical Window Birds perched in hula hoops took over the studio in preparation for Window Wonderland at Harbor East. An oil is in progress on the easel.

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About Diana

After locating in Maryland in 1984, I earned an MFA in Studio Painting at Towson University. I am currently adjunct faculty at the Institute of Art Design and Interactive Media, Community College of Baltimore County, MD. My studio spaces today are interactively virtual, actual, imagined, and invented.... more

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