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Welcome and thank you for visiting my site...

 

This page is representative of my work in ceramic sculpture and poetry.

My art statement is 'Diana' and the galleries are images of my current work and poetry pages. These pages will be updated in early 2019, so please scroll through them from time to time... 

In 2017, I was part of a six women show at The Morvah Galleries showing  new work

produced following my Stroke. Some of the images reproduced here are indicative of my journey back to health. Many of the sculptures are departures from my usual themes of 'mother and child', birds, animal studies and the abstracted human form. Instead of mass there is space  

and inner complexity of movement - all abstract representations of my inner journey.

These images can be found here on the home page and in the Gallery.

In 2018, I rejoined Open Studios after an absence of several years. I used the stoneware

white clay and continued the exploration of mass, space and relationship to gravity -  always an essential component of my work. Work can be viewed in the Gallery and on this page.

1n 2019, I am delighted to be part of a series of shows to be held at The Hypatia Trust, Chapel

Street, Penzance. The vision of art director Delpha Hudson, who has developed her idea of

a 'conglomerate'  - combining sculptor's work for a 'happening' - and then individual work

on show in the Hypatia space.  My exhibition will be in May.  The six to eight sculptures

displayed on plinths will be themed 'Mother and Child' and will be a retrospective, as well as new work produced this winter.  In February 1978 I had the honour of spending  an afternoon

with Henry Moore.  He talked about influences from ancient civilisations; the truth to materials;

recurring themes and the role of inspiration:  "There is no such thing as inspiration, only hard work." True to his teaching I have sculpted the human form, especially mother and child, for

over forty years - with one major innovation:  Henry Moore's work has a very solid base, my work - from my student days - has exploited the natural force of gravity. Please scroll through the images, either on this home page or the gallery. 

The photographed exhibits for the show will follow in July'19. The Henry Moore Foundation 

has said I can use my notes and quotes written during the meeting, and  I have been invited to submit a copy to be stored in their archives. It has been written in essay form and it  will be displayed during my exhibition in May and early June at The Hypatia Trust, Chapel Street.

A copy has been sent to The Henry Moore Foundation Archive.

Saturday 11th May  - 'Mother and Child' -  (some sculptures on view at The Hypatia Trust  until 14th June 2019 and thereafter at Fradgan House Studio and Gallery). By appointment please.

Clay workshop, 'Women's Writes held on Thursday 13th June - The workshop was advertised on Facebook  (by Delpha Hudson at Hypatia Trust) and by local Penwith posters, with cost and my contact details.  For write up of exhibition please Google  'Arts South West' written by Amanda Williams (www.Concierge SouthWest).

23rd June - thank you to everyone who came to the clay workshop Women's Writes.  Very

creative afternoon, with most of the women choosing to make a figurine first and then to use

the scraffito technique- the diversity of pose and posture was lovely, and any writing that they

chose to write about and share very heartfelt.  There is another workshop planned for the autumn, possibly a different  theme but using the figurine format.  

 

Friday 28th June - 'Borderlands' at the Redwing Gallery, Penzance 12 noon onwards. A Penance Lit Fest fringe event organised  by Bridgette Cassesse and featuring local writers,

musicians and poets.  I will be reading throughout the afternoon, fifteen minutes in toto. Please 

come along, the Redwing has wonderful coffee and cakes! 

Wednesday 3rd July -'Line Breaks' at The Coach House, Penlee Park @ 1pm - 2.30.

Sixteen poets will be sharing their work with me and audience.  The list is full but please

come along to enjoy they experience of so many poets  reading at one event - we are unique! 

Tickets available from litfest sources and on the door.

Thursday 4th July - 'TellTales' hosted by Mary J Oliver @ 'The Admiral Benbow'.  Writings from writers of all genres living or working in Cornwall.  I will be performing my prose/poem

'I Am A Shoe' - tribute to the victims of the Holocaust. 7.30pm @ The Admiral Benbow, Chapel Street, Penza

UPDATE:

 Sadly, I have had to postpone the art show with five painter friends until the spring, probably around Easter time. My aunt is in the final stage of multiple myeloma and, quite frankly, my heart isn't in it to put on a show.  Thanks everyone for your lovely understanding; next spring will be a good time...

Poetry:  The Stanza anthology is now available, price £5 per copy.  I'm delighted to have two poems in print - it's been awhile!  Also Katrina Naomi's Poetry Parlours are running again this autumn. First one last Sunday, fabulous Ann Gray was reading. The Admiral Benbow is hosting Katrina and Sue Johns on Wednesday 11th September - I will read from the Stanza pamphlet, too.

 It was a Brilliant evening with Sue and Katrina and fellow poets: Bob Devereux, George Dow, Abigail Rowland and A

PERSONAL DECISION:  I have very sadly decided that my poetry performance reads have come to an end. It has  become harder each time, owing to my 'nervous legs' and I don't look forward to the excitement of performing to an audience anymore. At the moment I am grieving

but know it is the right decision!  Instead I will try to concentrate on my forthcoming Open

University course on poetic forms. And hope to reach a standard that enables me to 'send out' eventually - something I haven't managed to accomplish for many years.  Thank you for 

telling me you like my work, it has helped but now is the time to study......

 

Mother and Child. 155cms x 60cms

"The problem for me is finding the truth

  in the 'form' of the sculpture."

                                             Henry Moore

Studio view  -   March 2019

"There is no such thing as inspiration,

   only hard work."  Henry Moore

                      February 1978

The Senses 50cms x 40cms

Artemis. 27cm x 11cm.

AFTERMATH

I couldn't bear

to watch you

leave me

so I have gone

instead,

to leave me

something

of myself for

loving you

instead 

of a rumpled

pattern

of love

upon mybed...

Aftermath. 27cm x 11cm.

"My destination is no longer a

place, but a new way of seeing."

                               Marcel Proust

I                   ""Those who flow as life

                      flows know they need no 

                      other force." Lao Tzu

"The butterfly counts not months

   but moments, and has time enough."

               Rabindranath Tagore

I began sieving the clay streams near my home in Tywardreath, Cornwall when I was ten years old. I instinctively knew to sieve all debris, mostly rotting vegetation and small pebbles, before drying the clay on granny’s washing board. When it was malleable I fashioned figurines of the neighbourhood dogs and cats. So began a life time of working with clay.

UPDATE: OCTOBER 2019:

Next spring I will hold a show in my studio of paintings and prints by four

friends and my new work, mostly bird studies.

OPEN STUDIOS: 2020 - my studio: with my print making friend Claire Voss Bark and my 'Bird 3'show

Gravity fascinates me. The theme of my work evokes the brink of gravity, the very edge of falling and an uncomfortable sense of foreboding. Thwarting gravity fascinates me even more: balance and counter-balance are the key figures in exploring the poised point; the apex of the fall...

My early work influenced by Henry Moore

Aftermath. 27cm x 11cm.

I have been writing and performing poetry for decades. Initially at the Poetry Society, Earl’s Court, and two fringe theatres: The Bush and The King’s Head, Islington.  Twenty two years ago I moved to Penzance and joined the much-missed Penzance Arts Club. The well-known poet Bob Deveroux regularly performed there, and he introduced me to the local arts community. With his encouragement I began to perform my work – using a range of dialects and with the audience's  participation. Nearly two

decades later I have reluctantly decided to end my poetry performances. Please read...

My poems reflect the 'warp and weft' of living. Sometimes they are sad and painful,

often they are humorous. Always they seek our vulnerability and mortality - hopefully with a gentle 'eye' - whilst  I explore the themes of loss, love, illness, dementia and death.

Aftermath. 27cm x 11cm.

Pathos. 42cm x 18cm.

I WISH

I hadn't closed the gate,

it was only a gate-type of gate

but it closed you off  from me forever.

Looking back I saw my footprints

on the lichened path.

I saw your windows shaded by shadows

and quiet dust motes settling for the night.

Pathos. 42cm x 18cm

HANDS

Oaken our hands laden with age,

lichened with destiny,

etched with old grievances.

FACES

Old sorrows runneled        

into cleats of misgiving.

BODIES

Gentle byways running

bare-faced with artifice, lying.

MY PRAYER

It is the substance of my shadow,

it is the white space of my mind

and the kernel of my being.

It is the infinity of my thoughts.

It is the taproot and the lightening rod

of the commune with my God.

Reclining Figure. 50cm x 28cm

Hands. 50cm x 33cm.

DOLMAN POINT

Fishing, fishing

Casting and reeling

Laughing at seagulls

Feeling love

Watching our mackerel

Sky unfold

Leaning, leaning

Laughter turns to keening

I am falling

Falling

Deep

Into the

Blue water

Screaming, screaming

Feeling

Sea-smoothed rocks

Soft as an eiderdown

Rocking me gently

Bidding me sleep

Rising, rising

Now on tiptoe

Agony a crescendo

Watching

My foetus

slide, like a

Working man's breakfast,

Beneath the blue water.

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MANILLA PLACE

 

My mate Charlie Strode

lives in a box, a cardboard box,

a ‘des res’ - a Hitachi.

Comes with polystyrene walls,

and anti-damp sachets.

 

Ella Mount lives next door in a Sony,

a thirty-eight incher. Bijou,

compact, with nylon reinforcements

and big Velcroed flaps.

 

Tommy Grime lives in a palette frame.

Polythene windows and a raised platform

base, under floor heating too - if you

don’t mind the fug.

 

Pete Small lives in a White Knight combi

divided down the middle: fridge,

with poly walls one side,

freezer, with poly walls on the other.

 

Long Tall Sal lives in an Indesit.

Seven feet end to end - slim as a whistle. 

Lined with bubble wrap,

and she’s got LED lighting.

 

My new box is coming tomorrow.

A Fridgidaire.  Very basic.

No bells or smells.

Just two-ply manilla.

A snug fit though.

 

Probably my last one.

THE CRY

The deaf/blind seagull

crouched, listening for an echo.

The ancient crow watched,

head cocked, eyes skewing

as the maimed bird began

a walk into the 

shadowed road wide as a

lifetime, narrow with seconds to live.

The raucked cry a rising

tremolo of grief,

the gull heard, heard and survived,

and already turning with waddling steps

eager, with intent,

to hear the crow's gentler cries.

 Mother and Child  75cms x 53cms

Fledgling Gull. 62cm x 45cm

The Stroke. 45cm x 29cm

 Mother and Child  nfs

THE ROSE-TINTED

SPECTACLES

 

Sat high on her nose,

so high she saw the sun glisten

and converge into twin orbs -

almost celestial their vision

as they watched, waited,

dipped in coy deference,

rose again, polished and

powerful – almost invincible

in their ability to perch

in their eerie safe from

flaying fingers clutching

an arm, defying cruel

gravity waiting its turn.

The rose-tinted spectacles

tilted in the mist, couldn’t

get a bearing – sought

to regain their balance, find

a centre-point, seek

out solutions, raised their arms

in supplication, changed their

position, sat lower on her

nose – to wait out the

murk and misdoubt

steaming their lenses,

clouding their vision,

fearing the worst.

The rose-tinted spectacles

slithered and slid

down they fell,

down, down,

into a place neither

knew – to where the

air was clear, where

her resting cheek

smiled, and her thoughts,

clear as crystal,

recognised you.

CHILDHOOD WOVEN

 

...Childhood lost

                

Already a spindle’s width

Of knowing the weft and

Knap

The threads of rekindled

Cloth

Already glowing like the

Curtain moth

Slowly closing the night

Wings ticking

Still the fluttering silence

Hanging still

Another flight tomorrow

Meandering threads

Tamped down yesterday

Woven  silky  tight

A teazled length   almost

A bolt.

Almost ready for the paddling.

Memory has already

Forgotten

The

Weft.

White clay: Mother and Child 50cm x 22cm

 Sea Bird bowl 25cms x 17cms

Cormorant. 68cm x 37cm

Basking Gull  p.c

STILL LIFE

Her limbs sat in still repose.

Not waiting, not hungry for movement.

Just unmoving, attached to something else, just resigned.

Just sitting in her chair – all the wheels aligned.

Silent, pensive, just waiting for a human hand.

For the signal to turn, to give her space, to move her.

Early Influences...

 

I am influenced by archaic Greek sculpture (especially early Cycladic), crumbling medieval statuary and weathered coastal rock formations that I have observed all over Europe. Using clay, stone, wood, metal and water, I borrow from the Elements: taking oxides from the earth for colour and texture. Fire to transmute wood, clay and metal. Wind for movement and water, sometimes living flora to enhance or weather the form. I draw from emotive memories and combine them with new experiences which, through their fusion, create forms - whether abstract or representational that, hopefully, conveys an interactive response between the viewer and the piece of sculpture.

Smoke fired sculpted bowl p.c..

Cormorant standing bowl p.c

Venus  - carved limestone p.c.

View of my studio circa 2018 - updated view to  follow w/e 20th and 21st October 2019.   Plinths rearranged and showing new work, including birds

View of my studio  circa 2015

Fradgan House Studio and Gallery

21 The Fradgan, Newlyn, Penzance Tr18 5be 

H: 01736333180 

M 07743461895 

E: artemisdd@tiscali.co.uk

W: dianadixon.co.uk

For further dimensions,  prices of pieces and shipping, please contact me!

Lovers -  22cms x 31cms

Please come back soon for updated pages. Thank you.