About this piece:
This wall-mounted abecedarian work explores the damning practice of using labels to narrowly define and condemn. A Nazi document (reproduced in the small accompanying book) illustrates the twenty-some shapes and colors assigned to various groups of people; I use the English alphabet as a structure within which to imagine how instead a great number of descriptive terms, in many languages, might be chosen by an individual to personally construct an identity which is nuanced, fluid, and metaphysically evocative. “Plain pine fence” here refers to the simple traditions of Jewish burial, and suggests, as do the mounted stars, a reclamation of this process even in the face of overwhelming loss. The marks and imperfections of the lettering and the soft, bright colors of the hand-dyed paper also invite the viewer to consider creativity and fallibility as part of the ongoing process of constructing identity.
paper, watercolor, ink, wood, metal, adhesive
About the artist:
lives in Birmingham, Ohio, United States
Diane Britt is a Birmingham, Ohio book artist whose work also encompasses installation, drawing, and painting. She received a BA in Art from UMass/Boston. Through Art Books Cleveland and the Morgan Conservatory of Papermaking, Diane is an active book and paper arts advocate. She is currently in Monumental in Miniature III, traveling in the U.S. and abroad. Diane’s work explores traditional book forms as vehicles for unusual materials, methods, and using language, as well as creating works which push at the boundaries of what a book is and can be.