Diana Abells’ recent work examines memory, misunderstanding, and desire in childhood. Identifying childhood as a time of instability between experience and thought, Abells is interested in how meaning shifts as children learn new points of connection between objects, places, and situations, leading to bizarre narratives. Through a variety of mediums including video, 3D modeling, installation, and drawing, Abells depicts remembered architecture and situations from her past as she brings together information from her own memories, found photographs, internet searches, and recorded footage in playful attempts at using the personal to address what are possibly universal notions of perception.
Abells is an artist working across the mediums of video, installation and drawing. Born in Maynard, Massachusetts, she completed her BA in studio art and physics at St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2011, and in 2015 she earned her MFA in art from The Ohio State University. Since 2015 she has been an adjunct professor for the Department of Art at The Ohio State, teaching classes on digital imaging, video art, and drawing. In 2017 Abells was a resident at the Vermont Studio Center. She has shown her work in the Columbus area including The Fort Hayes Shot Tower Gallery, EASE Gallery, Urban Arts Space, multiple collaborative installation projects at The Ohio State University’s Hopkins Hall Gallery, and a solo installation at The Shed. She is a member of the Columbus based artist collective MINT, and is the recipient of a supply grant from the Greater Columbus Arts Council.
This Artist House residency is sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History and the Department of Physics