Dia Bassett

Title

Dia Bassett

Medium

fiber
found objects
performance
painting

Location

San Diego
California
USA

Artist Statement

 I use distorted and erratic renditions of drawing and fiber techniques such as crocheting, weaving, and wrapping to build sculptural installations varying in size. My process begins when I  encounter fabrics that are sourced from family and friends. The tactile experience of touching the fabrics can lead to an intimate, thoughtful meditation when I ponder the history of a garment. Who wore or used this? Where were they going or what were they doing when they used it? I may cut the fabric into long continuous thread, draw onto it, or sew it into a wearable sculpture. Dense forms and linear elements take shape as I let the qualities of the materials guide me. The improvisational aspect of my practice allows unpredictability to prosper.

Inspired by my own experience of entering motherhood, I want to show the power of the mother’s body and how she influences the infant physically as well as emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. Sometimes my work takes shape as figurative drawings of the nursing relationship I have with my daughter. I incorporate repetitive text into the drawings that speak to the ever-changing mental space of becoming a mother—the anxiety and worry, the joy and gratitude. Other times my work becomes sculptural, utilizing the curvealinear forms found in nature and women’s bodies. Looking at nature’s processes of decay, entropy, rupture, and unraveling, I find an ever-increasing affinity to my body. Becoming a mother has begun to transform the art I make as I see the kinship to nature more clearly. I want viewers to reconnect with their own vulnerability as well as their strength, as motherhood has required I do so in a more profound way. Within this state of vulnerability and power, I believe we can access the sensitivity that will facilitate our collective empathy.

Topic

parenting
caretaking
breastfeeding
dyad relationship
microbiomes
touch
nurturing
napping
sleep
babyhood
toddlerhood
pregnancy
postpartum
anxiety
hapiness
physiology
nature
biology

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Citation

“Dia Bassett,” Artist Parent Index , accessed September 25, 2020, http://www.artistparentindex.com/items/show/492.

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