Vanessa Diaz is an interdisciplinary artist working in sculpture and site specific installation. Her 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.
Diaz begins by selecting things that resonate with her and that are typically functional objects with a history of use made evident by wear and tear. She notes, “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.
Most recently, Diaz was selected to exhibit in The Florida Prize in Contemporary Art exhibition at the Orlando Museum of Art. She is working on a site-specific installation to exhibit in Round 41, at Project Row Houses in Houston, TX. Diaz has received several fellowships for residency, including The Atlantic Center for the Arts, FL, the Wassaic Projects, NY, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, VA. As well as fellowships to participate in craft and technical workshops at Penland, NC, Haystack, ME, and The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. Ms. Diaz was awarded Best in Show at the 61st Annual All-Florida Juried Exhibition at the Boca Museum of Art. Her exhibition history extends in museums and galleries throughout Florida, New York , and nationally.