Diana Jean Puglisi
Diana Jean Puglisi was born in 1988 in Brooklyn, NY and currently lives and works in Rutherford, NJ. Diana is a visual artist and educator; she is Curator of Education at Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, SUNY. In 2017, she was awarded a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Individual Fellowship (Sculpture). In 2016, she received an MFA in Visual Art from Massachusetts College of Art and Design (Beker Family Scholar). Diana participated in residencies at Vermont Studio Center (August 2016, Artist Grant), Big Red & Shiny (2016) and Gallery 263 (2015). She has exhibited in the US at venues including Wheaton Arts & Cultural Center, Millville, NJ; SOIL Gallery Seattle, WA; Alfa Gallery Miami, FL; subSamson, Boston, MA; Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts; Bakalar and Paine Galleries, Boston, MA; and the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston; Kathryn Schultz Gallery, Cambridge, MA. Diana currently resides and creates in Rutherford, New Jersey.
In my work, I dissect known forms associated with women’s work and/or sewing, such as thimbles, sewing pins, lint rollers, dresses, and in this case, the pincushion, to try to understand it thoroughly and in a context different from its original. Pincushions are objects that hold waiting-to-be-used pins and sewing needles with your occasional static-adhered thread, but what happens when they evolve and the cushion becomes a home for these objects? I create playful scenarios and question how the arrangement and interaction of materials and forms anthropomorphizes them. Underlying stories and histories of an object's strangeness, even objects that we consider common, pique my curiosity.