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Paint and Installation: The Art Portfolio of Diana Lynn


A view of a table from an installation and performance artworkhelen's table (from installation aunt helen dances at dia de los muertos)

Diana Lynn is a California-based artist who works presently in paint and installation. The artist’s installations are usually site-specific, and often address themes of temporality, death, and rebirth.


A photo of a viewer participating in Diana Lynn's Impermanent Marks installationImpermanent Marks (installation view)


Diana’s recent installation Impermanent Marks takes an interactive approach, allowing visitors to “paint” on several wall-spanning sheets of absorbent material. The paper-like material, designed for calligraphy practice, gives water the appearance of ink when it’s brushed onto the surface. These water marks evaporate quickly, eventually leaving no trace of the artwork that was painted.

A screen capture of Diana Lynn's art portfolio


It’s interesting to see how this sense of transience runs through various aspects of Diana’s art portfolio. The artist’s paintings, while more solid in their presence, often take on surreal, dreamlike subject matter. The slightly off-kilter, deeply symbolic content of these paintings means that they can be interpreted in any number of ways by any number of viewers.

An acrylic painting of four figures in surreal/traditional dressHallowed Ground, acrylic on canvas

About the author

Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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