Born in the small state of Delaware in the US, Diane Knarr is a conceptual artist with an academic background focusing on art history and philosophy. Her work focuses on the concept of personal and social identity in addition to nostalgia and memory. Diane is currently living and practicing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Why do you photograph on film?
I believe in the power and dynamism of the analog process. There is a poetic otherness transferred to the final image when an artist has exercised and proven complete power over lighting, development, film choice, and camera choice. Personally, I find analog methods more rewarding and beneficial to my creative process. Being able to conceptually visualize a scene, create it, take an instant polaroid shot and see my results in hand is powerful.
What is your work about?
“Don’t Say I Didn’t Warn You” is a photographic series that explores relationships, words, vulnerability and social constructs. Specifically, expressions that are used to hold another person’s identity statically in a place of preconceived notions, and speech that can usurp the recipient’s agency. In some instances, these expressions are miscommunications, dependent on interpretation alone, or careless phrases learned through culture. Whereas other statements are blatant manipulations or threats, where the user intends to intimidate or cast judgement. Regardless of the type of phrase, all strip the subject of power, which is why they are written boldly on the naked body and presented boldly.