Diana Jahns

ARTIST STATEMENT



These painting/drawings on paper are explorations of the notion that “less is more.” I want to give in to the sensuous qualities of paint, the texture of paper, the trail of a pencil line as an experience in pleasure. I take pleasure in the act of drawing or painting. At the same time I have a desire to exercise restraint in the use of visual tools, such as line, color, shape. I pause often in this process to assess whether relationships and/or contrasts are forming between the elements on the paper. I find the fewer the elements the stronger or more intense their relationships.
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“What´s so hard about that first sentence is that you´re stuck with it. Everything else is going to flow out of that sentence. And by the time you´ve laid down the first two sentences, your options are all gone.” ~ Joan Didion

As I was working on this group of paintings, this quote from author Joan Didion came up in my thoughts again and again. It’s not so much that I want to create minimal work, but once the first gesture or marks are laid down my options for how to continue narrow as the relationships begin to form.
~Diana Jahns, April 2013

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