Here at UGallery, we love this time of year. Flowers are blooming, Girl Scouts are testing our New Year’s resolutions and we’re prepping ‘round the clock for our annual pilgrimage to the Affordable Art Fair in New York City.
Each year we bring a select few artists to exhibit in the UGallery booth. This year we’ve chosen 8 artists, 4 newbies and 4 veterans of AAF. We are very excited for you to get to know them and their work!
Say hello to Diane Flick. You can find more of Diane’s work on UGallery.
As a kid, Diane Flick often empathized with inanimate objects; she worried a Kleenex box on her headboard felt unloved because she never held it as she did her stuffed animals. Consequently, she would sometimes add it to her plush family for snuggling. Looking through the lenses of playfulness, emotional warmth, and scenes from a dramatic childlike imagination, the ‘bots series seeks to explore the sentience of non-sentient beings. Fun fact: Diane hasn’t owned a TV in 15 years, but she still loves watching Golden Girls DVD’s with her sister.
What’s the story behind your Bots series?
The Bots series came about very organically. I was experimenting with collage as a medium, overlapping various pre-drawn or photographed imagery, one of which happened to be a robot. I didn’t enjoy this process as it felt to ready-made for me to feel like I was making art. So then I decided to try building just one of the images out of tiny scraps of paper and I hit the jackpot. That was where the creativity was for me. The image I chose was the robot I had used in my original experimentation, and I loved it so much that I just started creating robot worlds from that point forward, and have not stopped yet.
Why do you empathize with inanimate objects?
I guess I’m not entirely convinced that inanimate objects are emotionless or lack sentience. I certainly wouldn’t bet money on them having those attributes, but I do feel that just because humans haven’t experienced them in a way in which we can relate doesn’t mean they don’t experience some sort of otherworldly sensitivity. I feel the same about animals and intelligence. Just because they can’t speak or interact in a way that we have defined as intelligent doesn’t mean they aren’t much more evolved and smarter than we are in ways we can’t detect.
What did you paint before Bots?
Before the Bots series, I painted mostly in oils and watercolor and mostly from photographic references, but I would twist them into very surrealist themes.
Describe a real-life situation that inspired you.
[Editor’s note: Diane lives near San Francisco and recently came by to join the UGallery team for lunch.]
This is funny because the most recent situation that inspired me was when we were all walking back from our lunch and we saw that dude on his segway roll by with his little dog and his music. I had barely started this next collage, but it is entirely inspired by that incident. Amanda’s comment that that could be my next ‘bot and then my realization that putting four Bots on Segways in a crosswalk like on the cover of Abbey Road completed the image in my mind. Hot damn! Here it comes.
What superhero power would you choose?
I’d love to be able to fly comfortably at light speed without getting cold.
What’s something most people might not know about you?
My husband and I have a name for every single item in our home, from the house itself to furniture to vitamin bottles. There are actually only a few distinct names: like the house named Tallulah, the rooster pillow named Beauregard, the cuckoo clock named Merriweather and the cabinet named Herr Weatherwax. But everything else that doesn’t have a distinct name, is named Giuseppe. That way, nobody feels left out. We’ve made a fun game out of it by saying things like, “Can you hand me Giuseppe?” or “I’ll put this in Giuseppe.”
The Affordable Art Fair is held at the Metropolitan Pavilion from March 25 to 29th. Pop by if you’re in New York! (we’re booth 1.2)