Diane Marie Kramer
Short Biography on Artist:
First generation American, Born in Detroit, Michigan. Mom comes from Croatia and my dad came from what was Austria Hungary.
Sculptor and Painter and very much a DOG lover.
After High School I relocated and moved to Northern California where I began a long journey studying the Visual Fine Arts I studied and earned two degrees in Sacramento and finished with a Master of Fine Arts program in San Francisco . I was working in mixed media sculpture and abstract assemblages using clay, metals, wood and found objects. This time period was a very experimental phase within the work.
After completing the Master of Fine Arts degree I moved from the city and relocated to a cherry and walnut orchard where I lived and worked as an artist. I began to teach many forms of visual art at art centers and special art programs and later on worked full time at a day school that used the arts for Behavioral Modification. I had the honor of serving as the visual artist/instructor on board and worked with people who were cognitively, physically, emotionally, and behaviorally impaired. Very important work- for 'the soul' and for the 'art work to come'.
As life would have it-- I returned to Michigan in 1997 and have taught at a variety of Art Centers, Colleges, after school programs, and I serves as a teaching artist with VSA arts of Michigan teaching people with disabilities.
Currently I am in a state of transition..
Not sure what is next?Art Statement:
All of my work is conceived from within. Just as nature shapes through time its landscapes, I too have been shaped by my past experiences. Much of what I create today stems from my experiences as a young girl, digesting events recounted by my mother and grandmother through a ritual of daily storytelling and dream sharing. This experience became my first profound creative inspiration. The images and feelings that came from listening to their stories and the sharing of nightly dreams have influenced the shape and form of my art. I learned to see by listening not only with my ears but also with my eyes and heart. It became natural for my hands, using elements from my daily environment including nature, to develop these visions into art.
I try to discern the essence of things. Intuition and dream states are channels through which I arrive at the form and content of my work. I am able to focus beyond the immediate visual reality and allow myself to enter a dream state. I am then able to cultivate my images, feelings and forms which connect me to the unconscious world where my images are developed. My work conveys the passage of time and inner worlds
Reflecting who I am as an artist and individual.
Many of the images are also connected to musical vibrations. The vibration of both sound and image are of the same to me. The image like the musical vibration follows a feeling that is rooted in intuition. Art is complex images with feeling that emanates. It becomes whole as it is contemplated. Art, then, is a contemplation of feeling, is the unreflective intuition of being. The art lives in its images.
The materials in each piece play a significant role in the successful conclusion of the work, regardless of whether it is sculpture or painting. My fascination with color, textures, and shapes, and the alchemical process that occurs in the melding of materials, feeling, and form over time have manifested into the completed works which are all “rooted in intuition”.
I Will add works to both ArtSlant and my Flickr account periodically. Also, I include older works as I feel they are a part of the evolution and journey as an artist.
Thank you for viewing my works!
list of websites: