Lobster in a Dress

Lobster in a Dress, oil on panel, 20x16", 1999, $600

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Diane Dahlke

I've had a long standing fascination with trying to understand what makes beauty meaningful to both myself and a wider audience. I've come to the conclusion that beauty interests me most when it contains elements of both attraction and disturbance, hence, I think of my paintings as being unsettling attractions. Through them I explore beauty as something that draws us in and gives us pleasure. Yet, it also gives our hints of discomforting sexuality, corruption, and fear of the unknown. I see my paintings as part of the Dutch 17th century still life tradition. Many of those works celebrate material objects and the physical world that we live in. However, they also remind us that the joy found there is only temporary and that our interests might better be served by concentrating on more spiritual, transcendent matters. One of the things that makes beauty important in our lives is that it is brief and mortal like we are.


dhdahlke@maine.rr.com

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