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Cinque Terre

Diane Nunez


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Our environment is comprised of many three-dimensional forms. Homes and buildings are connected through a network of alleys, walks, boulevards and streets, forming strong circulation patterns between everything in our built environment. These three-dimensional shapes we move between in our daily lives impact us. Our built environment protects us from the elements; sunlight and shadow come into structures and also have a similar impact outside. The structures around us are varied in their material, colors and patterns. As we move through our environments we see different topography – from flat terrain to steep hillsides all inhabited by us. Cinque Terre is inspired by the unique three dimensional forms found along the Italian Riviera. Colorful coastal cities perched along steep slopes with many colorful homes and buildings. The rectilinear forms and angles are reflected here, the black connections represent the connections the circulation patterns of walks and roads. As the light hits the work, look at the reflections and shadows that are formed. Artwork suspends from the ceiling, can be used as a room divider.

49"H × 49"W × 3"D
Mixed Media
artist hand dyed fabric, batting, thread, velcro, aluminum slats
Dust, light vacuum


A sketchbook and sewing machine are used to sculpt my colorful fabric constructions. Bright colors and movement are predominant elements of the repetitive, open grid-like structures. Light and shadow are allowed in and create new patterns and colors. I believe my chosen profession of Landscape Architecture influences my work. Landscapes themselves are constantly changing and evolving, never static. The work reacts to its environment. Viewers can interact with each sculpture; slight movement causes the work to move, changing it ever so slightly. The work is rarely stagnant. By traditional definition these sculptural, fabric constructions can be labeled quilts – layers of fabric held together by stitch. The hand-dyed cotton fabric along with non-traditional quilting materials is used such as wire mesh, grommets, mylar, velcro, metal rods, metal tubing, and wire.

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