Diana Arcadipone Studio
Diana Arcadipone “I hope my work inspires awareness, enjoyment, and protection of our world and our natural environment. My techniques incorporate traditional crafts with painting, printmaking and works on paper, paying homage to my love of natural materials, textiles, storytelling, folk art, and primitive art.”Diana Arcadipone creates artworks on and of paper. Her passion for making art with natural materials, and mixed media emerged from an early devotion to craft techniques such as papermaking, book arts, basketry, embroidery and textiles. Arcadipone’s work is informed by folk art, primitive art, traveling, and nature; it is the intersection of these influences that defines her work. Diana Arcadipone often makes her own paper with archival materials. She paints with gouache, which offers brilliant, opaque washes of color. She often incorporates ink, text, and fabric scraps that are applied with rudimentary tools like handmade brushes and sticks. She often includes a narrative that reflects on the habitat of the animal depicted. Diana Arcadipone studied painting and printmaking at Western Michigan University, where she earned a BFA degree with honors. She earned an MFA degree from Ohio University with honors. She has been awarded artist residencies at Dorland Mountain Arts Colony in Temecula, California as well as The Banff Centre and the Leighton Artists’ Colony in Alberta, Canada. She exhibits her work internationally and travels and researches artmaking techniques globally. She lives and works in Otisfield, Maine. Tree Rings: My intention is to inspire general awareness, enjoyment, and protection of our world and our natural environment. Much of my technique incorporates traditional crafts with painting and works on paper, paying homage to my love of natural materials, textiles, storytelling, folk art, and primitive art. It is the intersection of these influences that define my work. The “Tree Rings” series presents the cross section of a large felled tree that reveals the delicate tracery of its growth rings, speaking to the passage of time in nature and the delicacy of our natural environment. This series of monotype prints on 100% Rag Rives BFK paper includes drypoint, gouache paint, embroidery techniques and beading.