Jealous & Steak knife

Novalynn Diguistini

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Oil on canvas
“Steak knife” (2023) 24” X 30” & “Jealous” (2023) 24” X 30”

“Steak knife” (2023) 24” X 30”
“Jealous” (2023) 24” X 30”

Artist Statement

 I am a cross-disciplinary artist, currently working as an uninvited guest on the unceded, traditional and ancestral territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish) and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. My practice includes drawing, painting, printmaking in conjunction with video and photo editing. My work is centered around the exploration and deconstruction of death and all that surrounds it. I often play with ideas of juxtaposed dualities; absence and presence, of order and chaos, of subtle nuances and of nervous energy, of repetition and of open endedness. 

               My work is most often mixed-media, recently expanding my practice to video, animation and photoshop. It is my intention to constantly move through different modes of making. I have a particular interest in doing larger scale, standalone works. Additionally, my work explores the subjects of  lonesomeness, separation and loss, false perception and introspection. More specifically, my work is often inspired and influenced by the passing of my father. This is reflected in my current work, through explorations with bioplastics and knitted yarn pieces, I examine how the body holds trauma and what that moment of tension may look like visually. This exploration through death, grief, change and disease is the backbone of my need to express and discover. 

My motivation is to enthrall the viewer into disturbed uncertainty, to rediscover and illustrate my own grief through a process of creation. My work is driven by the intimacy of the experience and motivated by my love of the process.  

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