Rust and Glass Redux
Redux: brought back; resurgent.
“Redux: brought back; resurgent.” The art materials that these sculptures were constructed from consist of many different objects that have been ‘brought back’ and repurposed to create a thought provoking collaboration of recycled and repurposed sculptures. Objects that once served as integral parts of everyday life have been transform from discarded items - to sculptures that bring to mind a different time and way of life. The artists represented in this show all understand and support the inspirational and educational value of bringing history to life by putting everyday objects in a new context. The hope is that these pieces will inspire viewers to see the potential and beauty in daily details.
Many of these pieces first appeared on display at the Hahn Horticulture Garden
Artist: Diane Relf Fabricator: Dave Angle
Each of us constitutes our own universe, made of the same materials, forged in the same experiences, but unique in our manifestations; we stand parallel, so close but never merging. Circles concentrate and often confine our love. Rusted metal is a testimonial to the ability of the Earth to reclaim even the hardest of materials created by man from the resources we use, in our attempts at conquering the environment. The rims of old wagon wheels hold discarded plate steel in shapes left from multiple cuttings and fabrications. Each giant circle carries the viewer into a different universe, constructed by rethinking refuse.
Diane Relf: Artist's Statement
First and foremost, art is about having fun by creating something, while I enjoy playing with materials. Most of my work is never quite finished as I add to and embellish it as long as I own it. Experimenting with new materials and techniques, solving problems and making things up as I go are essential elements of art for me.
Much of my art is about finding discarded objects and manipulating them to explore their potential; then combining these new objects into statements of appreciation of the mundane. It questions the validity of a throwaway society, the value of always needing new, and the perfection of machinery precision. It celebrates the daily detritus that has lost its meaning and gives it a new opportunity to open eyes and minds.
My art is based on my experience with and love of the natural environment. As such, it is never perfect, incorporating rough edge and unbalanced lines into its symmetry in acknowledgement of the broken beauty of nature.
Working with Rust I have long had a love affair with rust and much of my work explores rust’s potential in creative expression in many forms: wood and rust sculpture; rust dyed and printed textiles and paper; wearable art; metal masks; altered art tiles; photography; and digital graphic “collages”.
Diane Relf: Biography
"Born and raised poor in Texas, I learned young to play with discarded items and appreciate the value of things that most people found useless. A career in academia had demands that derailed me from playing with art. But since retirement several years ago, I have continuously created and recreated my art.
With a back ground as a VT - VCE Horticulture Extension Specialist for 25 years I find that I continue to seek ways to share with others in the community. Art projects that I have been involved with in over the last few years include Art in the Garden and Simply Elemental at the Hahn Garden and through the BRAA"Windows on our Community"