Dianne Martin Art

 I began to use the fan shape in my work in late 2015 as a way to literally “move indoors”, out of a landscape environment, but still use images of nature in my work. Over the centuries the fan form became for artists a vehicle to contain and present images. A notable example is Degas in the late 19th century. My fan shapes started out horizontal but soon began to turn, tip and even almost disappear, leaving only curved forms behind. At the same time I began to use “frottage” even more in my work. Frottage is the gentle and very exacting rubbing with pencil of the embossed images left in the paper by anything used to make the print. I am entranced with the magical way that the leaves, stems and branches I use in my work appear out of the paper, seemingly drawn by themselves.