Artist statement

Diane Britt is a Birmingham, Ohio artist whose work encompasses paper and book arts, sculpture and installation, drawing and painting. She was early educated in Boston, including through such artists’ associations as The World Sculpture Racing Society, where she continued her development as a sculptor and performance artist. She received a B.A. in Studio Art and Art History from UMass/Boston in 1985. During this time, Diane was also trained as a computer typesetter and paste-up artist, and continued to work in this field during and after college. As part of the Altered Book Group, Art Books Cleveland, the Morgan Conservatory of Papermaking, and the Firelands Association of Visual Arts, Diane is an active book and paper arts advocate. She has exhibited at the Ingalls Library at the Cleveland Museum and the Abecedarian Gallery in Denver, and is currently in Monumental in Miniature III, traveling in the U.S. and internationally. Her work is in a number of private and public collections, including the Clarence Ward Art Library at Oberlin College.
Diane’s work explores traditional book, sculptural, and 2D forms as vehicles for unusual materials, methods, and ways to use visual and written language, as well as continues to develop within an oeuvre that reflects her hunger for knowledge and new experiences and skills. Her pieces often engage with both personal and more universal narratives, reflecting her own experiences as well as larger political and humanistic orientations. While making art remains a chiefly individual visually and physically creative process for her, Diane gains energy from collaboration with others, including through the learning process, but also very much through a dialogue with viewers and participants, further enlivening her creativity and sense of fun.
Diane enjoys making moveable books and paper toys, building three-dimensional objects and constructing installations to contain paper and other materials, using embroidery and knots in paper to explore surface design, and mining papers and altered book elements for their art-making potential. She values play, curiosity, and engaging the world and self as a lifelong process of growth and change.