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.
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.
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 😉
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
- Daft Punk “Random Access Memories”
- Beastie Boys “The Mix Up”
- Radiohead “In Rainbows”
- Tuxedo “Tuxedo”
- Any Led Zeppelin
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.
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.
Join Dyanna’s 860+ followers on Vango to keep up with her latest work and follow her on instagram @dydart.
A Glimpse into Dyanna’s Art