Pastel on paper

32" x 20"


inspired bythe poem "Lament" by Patrick Hammer, Jr.




Late autumn:  dull leaves 

still cling to trees. 

Where the dazzling colors 

that once fell? 


When I a boy 

seasons knew their place 

on the calendar, knew their 

spring air, brisk fall. 


Why sun burning so often now 

through the melting heart 

of winter?  Where the temperance 

that grew a moderating summer? 


Any time now sunsets, 

in any season, unsettling. 

Where the dazzling colors 

that once fell? 


— Patrick Hammer, Jr.





As a former dancer, I attempt to capture the timeless energy of movement in my drawings. I approach each drawing as a new choreography. Saturation of color amidst intricate lines and shapes is my medium of transmission.  Juncture and intersection of line frequently inform me alongside motion, division of space, and observation of light. I employ pencil, pastel and ink on paper. I begin by drawing various marks that dance around on the paper, which my imagination then uses to create contrasting textual designs. The subtraction or simplification by erasure affords me the continuation of layering my materials to develop a repertoire of complexity of movement.


 This process is the foundation of my work.  As each drawing is created, I instinctively know when it is completed and the performance is done.  It is truly wonderful to be able to enjoy this dance-of-art and share it with you.

"Lamentation" Diane Christi


    Emerge Gallery & Art Space

    228A Main Street, Saugerties, NY  (845) 247-7515

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