DIANE LEVESQUE

Panic
2020
Acrylic and watercolor on paper
48" x 55"



My artistic practice involves a concurrent series of work that focus on themes obtained through various research interests. Recent projects include the link between close readings of favorite texts/authors and the philosophy of existentialism, creating a mythology around the identity of my deceased father, an abstract interpretation of Lucretius's "On the Nature of Things" and my ongoing revisualization of Staffordshire figures produced between 1810 – 1835. All utilize a maximalist visual language of excess and decorative playfulness.
It was through my study of Staffordshire figures that I began to exaggerate the implied violence and sexuality of the themes through the amplification of the gaudy colors and randomness of the paint application to heighten the decorative motifs. By removing the quaint aura and sentimentality of the original figures, the underlying psychological charge emerges as social commentary.
My intent over the years has not changed. I still seek to uncover meaning in various forms by sharing my fascinations with things unusual, beautiful, strange, dark, light, uncanny, familiar, wise and foolish.
There is satisfaction that comes from trying to understand the complexities of life that enlarges a way of being, seeing, and feeling by which we might gain knowledge and insight into ourselves and the world we live in.