Diana Jean Puglisi

MFA ’16 Fine Arts 2D

Through sculpture, textiles and drawing, I transform and recontextualize objects associated with women’s work, such as thimbles, sewing pins, lint rollers, dresses and pincushions, to try to understand it thoroughly and in a context different from its original. I create scenarios and question how the arrangement and interaction of materials and forms create parallel narratives to our lived experience. The forms allude to insects, sea creatures, candy, microcosms, plants, and the human body. They become relics of relics themselves exploring themes of feminism, superstition, protection, and intimacy. I arrive at my work by gazing at my matriarchal ancestry and performatively take part in a long history of seamstresses and lacemakers. Researching underlying stories and histories of an object’s strangeness, even objects that we consider common, pique my curiosity.

Diana Jean Puglisi (B. 1988, Brooklyn, NY) is an artist, educator, and BOSSCRITT Co-Director. She was awarded Beker Family and Graduate Dean Scholarships from MassArt. She received a 2017 NJ State Council on the Arts Sculpture Fellowship. Puglisi participated in residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Big Red & Shiny, and Gallery 263. Her works have been included in flat files at Deanna Evans Projects and Collar Works, and featured by The Drawing Center, Big Red & Shiny, and The Social Distance Art Project.