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Paramount Award Winner, Wallace Art Awards 2011

Cure comprises a perspex case containing 2634 bulldog and alligator clips fashioned from Dispirin packets. Each clip was hand-cut with a scalpel, folded and assembled over a painstaking four-month period.
Interested in the way social and physical environments affect the way people live, Diegel believes the information and technological ages have created a world where stress and anxiety have become inescapable elements of life. She believes chemical painkillers blunt one’s senses and questions whether people have become dependent on their effects to lead ‘normal’ lives. The detailed labour required to execute Cure acted as a form of therapy for what she describes as the ‘angst of social experience’.

Graduating with a Master of Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts at Auckland University in 2008, Diegel has taken part in numerous group exhibitions throughout New Zealand, and presented a solo exhibition, 7 x 10, at Tauranga Art Gallery in 2009. ‘Though I have been entering works in the Wallace Art Awards for several years, this year was somewhat different because of the many events around the world that affected my world-view. In particular, the Christchurch and Japan earthquakes had a great effect on me, and my family in Japan. This would, no doubt, have had an effect on my state of mind and influenced the direction of my art practice.’

No stranger to new environments, Diegel has lived in Japan, Israel, Canada and the United Kingdom before immigrating to New Zealand in 1991, where she has seen New Zealand become a much more ‘culture-aware’ country: ‘when I arrived we were a somewhat isolated culture. This applies not just to art but to other areas such as food. When I arrived, a pie and chips were a good meal. Today we have world-class international food influenced by our many cultures’.

Catalogue text:
Published on the occasion of the Twenty Wallace Art Awards Paramount Winners Exhibition,14 February to 22 April 2012 at The Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre and 2 August to 30 September 2012 at the Wallace Gallery Morrinsville.
Disprin packets, perspex
650 x 450 x 27mm
Accession date
15 Dec 2011
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