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Dianne Smith

Dianne Smith

Bounded Memories, rope, string, magazines, canvas, upcycled files, clay, 2009-2020


I believe upcycled materials hold memories. I use classic ideas and principles of molding and sculpting with unexpected material to create form and structure. Discarded documents from my personal filing cabinet become my Bounded Memories.

  • About the artist

    Dianne Smith is a Bronx native of Belizean descent currently living and working in Harlem, New York. Her career as a multidisciplinary artist, art educator and cultural worker spans almost two decades. She incites emotions with haunting and beautiful texture, and organic shapes. Her work often portrays the connection human civilizations and cultures all have to Africa as their mother.

  • Call to Action

    I show how objects hold memory and that those objects can be transformed, creating newly assigned value and memories. I want you to know anything old can be renewed. My work shows how your trash can become something beautiful. I challenge you to see how it is rewarding to realize that our personal choices impact society on a larger scale. One person's trash really is another person's treasure. I want you to think creatively about the disposal of things in your immediate surroundings. How they can be transformed from their intended use to something entirely different? How can they serve you, another person, or society at large? Creatively, we can create less waste.

  • In Their Own Words

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