5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Diana Madriaga employs clay and wood to produce sculptures that engage the viewer in an allegorical narrative while refrencing the very processes of producing art.
While mostly unseen, the ordinary pallet serves a vital function in the transporation of art materials; it is a construction designed to bear weight. Madriaga's large clay construction of pallets into a cube references minimalism and also becomes a metaphor of childhood memories, collected and stacked over teh years, forming a fragile construction.
Releasing the hidden potential, Madriaga takes the very wood from the once-used pallets and transforms the materials back into abstract gestures of the very source from which they originated: the tree. These gestures of the trucks and branches characterize the sporatic nature of growth as well as the effects of outside forces - including knots and breaks, twists and turns - and are metaphors for the forces which contribute to the shapes of our own character.