About Sample Close at Hand
The works in Sample Close at Hand reference Darwin, medical collections, and biological studies, codified in a series of prints and artist books, and books built into petri dishes. Stemper uses mixed media and combines linoleum prints; archival inkjet prints; found and altered text; colored pencil; pen & ink drawing; maps and actual natural materials relevant to the content of the books.
Sample Close at Hand is currently on exhibit at the Center until June 28.
About the Artist
Diane Stemper received her B.F.A. in printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute and a M.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from San Francisco State University. Most recently, Stemper displayed her petri dish book series “Darwin’s Darlings” along with charcoal and pen & ink drawings in the Main Gallery of the Oxford Community Arts Center and at the Ohio Art League in Columbus Ohio. “Compendium” a series of petri dishes constructed by the artist and by gallery visitors was on display as a Short Show at the Dayton Visual Arts Center in 2009. Her work is included in the Artists’ Book Collections of: DAAP Library, University of Cincinnati, Ohio; Main Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Cincinnati, Ohio; Special Collections, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio; and the Lucille Little Fine Arts Library, University of Kentucky.
Suggested donations for the talk are $10 for non-members; $5 for CBA members.