process . location . object

Statement & Bio

A Space with Only an Inside                           Installation view 2015, Camargo Foundation Cassis, France

A Space with Only an Inside                        

Installation view 2015, Camargo Foundation Cassis, France



I explore the relationship between objects and architecture; pushing selective combinations of materials towards unpredictable circumstances that distort the expected perceptions of function. My ambition as an artist is to engage viewers in situations, which support an unexpected way of seeing and experiencing familiar spaces. I travel to make art in specific locations. New installations and sculptural environments are developed based on the architecture of a space, history of location and the possibility of interaction with the audience.

Photo by Lauren Lightbody                                     The Possibility of an Exit II , 2016

Photo by Lauren Lightbody                                    The Possibility of an Exit II, 2016

Vanessa Diaz is a sculptor and installation artist based in South Florida. In 2016, Ms. Diaz was awarded a Cintas Fellowship in Visual Arts through the Knight Foundation, as well as a Windgate Fellowship for visiting artist in residence at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She is the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant, a South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship, and a Clark Hulings Business Accelerator Grant. Diaz has developed solo projects for Project Row Houses in Houston, TX, the decorative arts galleries at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, FL and the Contemporary Art Museum in Tampa, FL. Other exhibition highlights include large scale site-specific installations at the Museum of Contemporary Art Miami, Museum of Art and Design Miami, the Coral Gables Museum, the Orlando Museum of Art, and the Glessner House Museum in Chicago.  Her residencies include the Schwandorf Kunstlerhaus, Germany; the BAU Institute at the Camargo Foundation, France; the Atlantic Center for the Arts; VCCA; and the Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans.