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Diana Sartor
Parasol Party

ink, acrylic, collage on paper

Clara Lieu, RISD Adjunct Professor

Clara Lieu
Art Prof & Partner

Artist Statement
“I’m a mixed media artist who lives and maintains a studio along the coast of Rhode Island. Attending the University of Hartford, I graduated cum laude with a BA in painting. Always finding the time to create, the fulfillment of a dream to retire and live by the ocean now affords me the time to immerse myself in the studio and paint.

My approach to painting is spontaneous and leads to beautiful surprises, translating inspiration to paper. Color is a dominant element in my paintings. Watching the bloom and flow as vibrantly colored artist’s inks find their way around the surface of water saturated paper is reason enough for me to paint!

My painting Parasol Party is part of an ongoing series using those playful umbrellas used in fruity tropical drinks. I’ve painted them, blown up the shapes, and used them as collage elements. With their perky color, imprinted patterns and circular shapes whirling around in my imagination they appeal to a sense of whimsy. Whirling, twirling, cartwheeling!!”

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Video Transcript

“I’m so captivated by the juicy, vibrant colors in this painting. There are some areas where the paint is very ethereal and transparent, and there’s other areas where the paint is really thick and opaque. And that’s creating a really wonderful sense of depth where some of the colors are really leaping out at me off the surface, and some of them are really pushing backwards into space.

I love the fact that this painting was created with those little paper parasols that you get on drinks. I would love to see that pushed more. I feel like that aspect of the painting is not as prominent as I would like it to be.

For example, the parasol in the upper right-hand corner I think really shows that part of your technique and I’m craving to see that more in some of the areas of the painting.

So, I’m wondering if maybe you could consider taking this piece off of your surface, which is a rectangular shape, and only using the parasols as a surface for your painting. And then maybe even letting the painting become in amorphous shape. It could be a really fun way to push this technique further.”

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3 responses on "Diana Sartor"

  1. There’s so much to enjoy here, just in terms of color and texture, alone – but my favorite aspect of this piece is the way those two elements work together to create a kind of depth that you don’t always see in abstract work. I think you should push that even further in future pieces, so we could get even more lost in the different layers of intermingling ink and collage!

    I really love the ambiguity of the parasol shapes and all of the associations that creates, and a think a more “naturalistic” sense of depth would actually allow you even more room to abstract those forms and make them more evocative for the viewer’s imagination. What a fun piece!

  2. What an interesting variety of textures you have going on in this piece! Some areas mimic leaves, while others mimic water. It’s all really exciting and gets me to get very sucked into exploring the image.

    I’m craving more indication of the actual little umbrellas in the image, though! Perhaps the wooden sticks found in them would be a material to explore. I love how those three wooden sticks on the cream colored area are so indicative of what this piece is actually made of, while not being too obvious. This may also lead you towards exploring a more sculptural approach to future pieces! That may be fun to do since the umbrellas already have such great movement as it is!

    This is a really fun piece and I think you have a great subject matter that can lead you to a lot of great places. Can’t wait to see where you go from here!

  3. I think you did a great job with your color choices, your image definitely feels playful. My eyes almost waltz across the paper. You seem to like to work with transparencies.

    It might be interesting to use something like Mylar that you could paint into and physically cut out and create an installation out of your umbrellas by collaging them across a wall. That sense of movement I’m feeling here makes me want to see this happen!

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