Dyanna Dimmick is a true west-coast artist. Her work provides a glimpse into her roots and affinity for salty air, sandy beaches, and an eco-friendly lifestyle. The San Francisco-based artist may be one of the most resourceful people we’ve ever met, finding her art materials anywhere and everywhere. No objects are off-limits for this week’s Artist You Need to Know.

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Dyanna working on a mixed-media piece.

Vango: Why do you do what you do?

Dyanna: I’m obsessed. It gets my wild thoughts out so I feel balanced. I like reusing and collecting. I can use my imagination. I can translate my thoughts when I can’t find the words. I like the touch of materials. I can influence people in a positive way. I can bring awareness to others. I am more comfortable creating than talking a lot of times. I can think about it all day, every day. The feeling is like no other. I’m in the moment. I can’t stop. It’s a part me. It’s my passion. It’s me.

V: Do you look for specific objects, or do they find you?

D: If I have a concept for a piece, I collect and search for certain objects. Often times these pieces already appear in my daily life, like printer registrations on a cereal box, so I don’t have to search too hard. If this is going on, I am still letting other materials find me. I am always on the look out for objects with interesting colors and shapes to inspire me. Sometimes the material ends up giving me the idea first.

V: Where is your favorite place to search for found objects?

D: My favorite place is definitely the beach. Mostly because I love that environment. I also feel like I am helping clean up and possibly saving an animal by picking up discarded plastic and trash.

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Dyanna on Ocean Beach in San Francisco, CA.

Dyanna on Ocean Beach in San Francisco, CA.

Dyanna on Ocean Beach in San Francisco, CA.

V: Why are you drawn to mixed media?

D: I received my Fine Art degree in Sculpture specifically. So I think that is mainly why. I went to UCSC to study photography but that quickly changed. I remember on orientation, one of the sculpture teachers said, “we use anything but clay here.” ??? What?! I was so into this idea, and a little confused, I knew it was for me. After college, I began painting because it was easier for me to store and to get supplies at the time. A couple years of that flew by and some stronger concepts started to build up in my mind. I knew it was time to start mixing my sculpture background with the painting techniques I experimented with. I am drawn to the crazy, random materials. Robert Rauschenberg is one of my favorites and a great influence of mine. I love the idea of going against the confines of a medium and experimenting with everyday objects, changing what something once was.

V: What is the strangest thing you’ve ever incorporated into your pieces?

D: Strangest…hmm, nothing suuuper strange. But I have added an old phone charger, pieces from a flat iron, vintage keyboard keys, tears, makeup, a dead butterfly, pills, Astroturf, cigarette butts, chocolate, steel wool, bread, jewelry coated in handmade hard candy, gum, CDs, beeswax, nail polish, just to name a few 😉

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Scrap cardboard and paper, a few of Dyanna’s materials.

V: What 5-10 songs would you be listening to when you look for new objects?

D: I always listen to music when I create. Lots of times without lyrics, to keep my flow. Unless I want the music to influence the piece, which is always

fun. These are some favorite albums

  1. Daft Punk “Random Access Memories”
  2. Beastie Boys “The Mix Up”
  3. Radiohead “In Rainbows”
  4. Tuxedo “Tuxedo”
  5. Any Led Zeppelin

🎶Listen Here

V: How do you bring what some people might see as garbage to life?

D: I add it to my pieces and hope it’s inspiring, visually stimulating, or maybe unnoticeable until the viewer takes a closer look. I give it a new purpose and make it wanted again by some.

V: Do you believe that every object has a story? If so, why?

D: I do believe some do more than others. Like the ones I find at the beach, the dried, washed up plastic. I wonder where it came from, from how far away, what was it, who used it, how long has it floated at sea.

Dyanna in her home on the coast of San Francisco.

Dyanna in her home on the coast of San Francisco.

V: Tell us something we would only know if we had been best friends for 20 years.

D: I found a love for Manatees in 6 th grade ha. Lisa, this one goes out to you (my friend of

27 years). And that I’ve been collecting things off the beach since then too.


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A Glimpse into Dyanna’s Art

left vs right painting

Left vs. Right, 20″ x 20″, $500.

living room art

Left vs. Right, 8″ x 12″, $300.

pink vanity

Sin #7 (Pride/Vanity), 30″ x 48″, $6000.

her painting

Her, 40″ x 40″, $2000

in my veins

In My Veins, 17″ x 14″, $300.

shark bite art

Shark Bite, 30″ x 40″, $1000.


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