Biography

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 "Compendium" during a Short Show at the Dayton Visual Arts Center. Her artist’s books were  included in the 2008 exhibit Master CraftWorks: Southwest Central Ohio at Studio San Giuseppe Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio and in the exhibits: 5th International Book & Paper Arts Triennial at the Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts;  A is for Art, B is for Books, C is for Celebration at the Columbus Metropolitan Library; Under Cover at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Michigan; and in Science, Art and Philosophy at the Hunterdon Museum of Art, New Jersey. She is a recipient of two Ohio Arts Council Artist and Communities grants and is a member of the Cincinnati Books Arts Society, exhibiting regularly in their annual Bookworks exhibit at the Cincinnati Main Library. Her work is included in the Artists’ Book Collections of the DAAP Library at the University of Cincinnati and the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Stemper teaches community art classes at the Oxford Community Arts Center and teaches drawing at Sinclair Community College in Dayton Ohio.

 

Artist Statement

The intersection between the natural world, daily living, science and the collective and individual experience of landscape is what drives my ideas for my artist books. I like to explore the edges and conflict between the Arcadian landscape and the agricultural, chemical landscape. The smells and sounds within a cornfield and the fabulous color of a soy bean field in fall are delightful yet ominous and dreary too. Within this sensory beauty is the order, mechanics and obsessions of a consumer society. 

Drawing is a act of faith and a discipline that I practice regularly and incorporate into my artist books.