When I was little, I took things apart. Typewriters, clothing, radios……
I put them back together – usually with many leftover parts. But, they looked a whole lot better – at least to me.

My work always revolves around taking things apart and putting them back together. A process of deconstruction and reconstruction. My goal is transformation, reconciliation, and redemption. What didn’t work before, now does. I deconstruct an existing narrative and write a new story.

It is a salvaging process. The technique I use first builds a structure for the work. It gives an underlying parameter of what was and what will be. I like the past; it needs to be part of the future. Then I add collaborative elements that enhance while not eliminating its base.

People constantly ask me, “Well, what is it?” Can a preexisting idea be deconstructed and reconstructed as something new? Ultimately, the work addresses questions of boundaries. Where does the previous stage stop and what do additional layers of meaning add?

 
Diane Janowski

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