Diane Hanson, originally from West Concord, MN, graduated from the Minnesota Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley, MN. She earned a BFA in painting from Boston University School for the Arts in Boston, MA and an MFA in painting and printmaking from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. Previous awards include Best in Show for Forum 35’s 2010 Art Melt, Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, Fulbright Grant (Miguel Viciguerra Grant) and Travel Grant to Italy, Artist Assistance Fellowship Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, Leo Chestler Contemporary Visual Arts Award, a full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center, and a residency at the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.
"Places and events are remembered in fragments but have a feeling of completeness. This fragmentation of space and memory is the foundation for my work. A collection of photographs, information from conversations or texts, objects and spaces from my surroundings, are all used to create nonlinear narratives that revolve around one idea or place.
Each painting starts with a word or phrase that becomes the painting’s title. As the words are contemplated from a variety of angles, images develop. The process of painting is like assembling a puzzle, with the pieces moving and changing until the final image is revealed. The process of viewing these works is the opposite, deconstructing and decoding the image to reveal the subject."