Diane Keane

Much of my art over the years can trace its source to my Roman Catholic upbringing, which has left me with both positive and negative memories. The architecture and ambience of the immigrant-built church of my childhood (rather than religious dogma) offered my first experience of awe: soaring pillars in a vast space, the still mystery of statues and the magic of flickering candle flames.

I love making collage and assemblage art. Assemblage boxes can recapture for me that sense of magical space even at a miniature scale. Images and objects that reference the past enrich the work with their associations of other times, places and persons, real or imagined. My intent, as with all artists, is to invite a dialogue between my art and the viewer. Within the frame or box, I try to capture something that is both recognizable yet mysterious, and entice the viewer to enter, respond and remember.

I feel that mystery is at the heart of the human experience, in spite of our never-ending attempts to define, judge, conquer and control. It is mystery that fires the artistic imagination: What would that look like? How can I make something to express this? Creation is the only way to find out. Perhaps that’s what the great Creator had in mind?