Diana Michelle
Diana Michelle
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Curiosity

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Fade Away

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Timeless

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Some Things Change

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Yard Art

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Shoe Fetish

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Front Page

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Wallpaper

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Silver

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Left Behind

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Innocence

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Waiting

About Diana Michelle

Diana Michelle earned her degree in Fine Art with an emphasis in darkroom photography and a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Arkansas. She is the recipient of the Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts 2009 Annual Bibba Pruet Scholarship. She used the scholarship to purchase a large format film camera and document the old Gypsy Camp for Girls in rural Northwest Arkansas. She teaches photography and Photoshop at Northwest Technical Institute as well as the Eureka Springs School of the Arts and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Her work exhibits at galleries and museums both locally and regionally and is a part of various private collections. Diana Michelle directed the documentary short Westland about the reclusive outsider artist Tim West, which has aired on AETN and was a part of the 2014 PBS Online Film Festival and the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. She is currently working on the feature length documentary about Tim West. Diana was also one of 25 artists selected to participate in Artist Inc. 2020, an artist cohort hosted by the Mid-America Arts Alliance. Diana’s work is part of the Arkansas Arts Council’s juried 2021 Small Works on Paper exhibition that travels to 10 venues throughout the State. In addition to her studio practice, she teaches the art of photography at her studio in Fayetteville.

Photography has been my medium of choice for over twenty years. I have always sought the unusual and macabre - they mimic my feelings and allow me to release pain. It is a system that I developed to identify and face my pain, and then release through photography. By searching for and capturing my subjects, I can then move on. Because this series of photographs symbolically expose my loss and rediscovery, I have named this ongoing series “Darkness Through Light”.

My work has become more and more singular over the years where I now typically focus on one thing, no distractions. Take a hard look at what you see and try to understand me. The dirt and decay that attach itself to my subjects signify the darkness that surrounds us as humans. They are alive and damaged, and they all speak to me. “Show me how to live” they say. “Show me where I belong”. My subjects beg to be noticed and I in turn celebrate their beauty and what they mean to me. I think they search for me as I search for them and when we are united it is relief and joy that comes to me.

I find my voice through this collective muse of mine. Blood, sweat, tears…. fear, overcoming fear.

About the art

Diana Michelle earned her degree in Fine Art with an emphasis in darkroom photography and a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Arkansas. She is the recipient of the Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts 2009 Annual Bibba Pruet Scholarship. She used the scholarship to purchase a large format film camera and document the old Gypsy Camp for Girls in rural Northwest Arkansas. She teaches photography and Photoshop at Northwest Technical Institute as well as the Eureka Springs School of the Arts and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Her work exhibits at galleries and museums both locally and regionally and is a part of various private collections. Diana Michelle directed the documentary short Westland about the reclusive outsider artist Tim West, which has aired on AETN and was a part of the 2014 PBS Online Film Festival and the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. She is currently working on the feature length documentary about Tim West. Diana was also one of 25 artists selected to participate in Artist Inc. 2020, an artist cohort hosted by the Mid-America Arts Alliance. Diana’s work is part of the Arkansas Arts Council’s juried 2021 Small Works on Paper exhibition that travels to 10 venues throughout the State. In addition to her studio practice, she teaches the art of photography at her studio in Fayetteville.

Photography has been my medium of choice for over twenty years. I have always sought the unusual and macabre - they mimic my feelings and allow me to release pain. It is a system that I developed to identify and face my pain, and then release through photography. By searching for and capturing my subjects, I can then move on. Because this series of photographs symbolically expose my loss and rediscovery, I have named this ongoing series “Darkness Through Light”.

My work has become more and more singular over the years where I now typically focus on one thing, no distractions. Take a hard look at what you see and try to understand me. The dirt and decay that attach itself to my subjects signify the darkness that surrounds us as humans. They are alive and damaged, and they all speak to me. “Show me how to live” they say. “Show me where I belong”. My subjects beg to be noticed and I in turn celebrate their beauty and what they mean to me. I think they search for me as I search for them and when we are united it is relief and joy that comes to me.

I find my voice through this collective muse of mine. Blood, sweat, tears…. fear, overcoming fear.