Meet Your Maker Monday: Vanessa Diaz
This is the fourth in a series of crossover MYMM profiles with Project Row Houses artists who participated in "Process and Action: An Exploration of Ideas." Meet Vanessa Diaz, whose installation "In Considering Placemaking" is part of Round 41 at 2517 Holman.
What is your name, company, URL, and social media links?
What did you make for Project Row Houses?
In Considering Placemaking
2014 installation at Project Row Houses, Round 41
reclaimed wood, paint, carpet, mirrors, salt
The site-specific installation, In Considering Placemaking in Round 41 at Project Row Houses, is a reference to the process and resulting consequence of continually "making a home". I see the practice of painting, cleaning, covering floors, and filling the contents of the house with objects as a persistent and ongoing attempt to claim territory. This work utilizes the historic connotation of the shotgun style home as a structural vessel that has been pushed too far. It is a vessel that has been filled, stripped, worn and used to the point of which it can no longer contain objects or inhabitants. The installation refers to a house that is not here for habitation, it is a building that has begun to consume itself and all of the contents within.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Scavenging is at the core of my artistic practice. I'm not able to do it on a daily basis but I am always on the look out for materials to re-purpose. http://vimeo.com/43069703
What brought you to Houston?
I am a visual artist based in South Florida and was invited as an artist in residence to exhibit in Round 41 at Project Row Houses.
What are your inspirations and how do they guide your work?
I begin by selecting things that resonate with me and that are typically functional objects with a history of use made evident by wear and tear. I like to see the marks made by repetitive behaviors and habits, such as threadbare fabrics and scarred furniture. These indicate both an object’s past value and its connection to the lives of the previous owners.
What's next for you?
I have several exhibition opportunities coming up and have a few artist residencies in Europe next summer. I always look forward to experiencing new places, the challenge of responding to a new site is an important element of my art practice. And its always good to meet new people. I had a great experience in Houston and really appreciated how connected the art community is. I do hope to spend more time there in the future.
What do you want people to know about your work?
I am an interdisciplinary artist working in sculpture and site specific installation. My work reevaluates the discarded and abandoned contents, the furnishings and architectural elements, in a dwelling to define territory and offer an alternate perception of the domain experience.