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visual artist and writer marisol diaz

i am a self-defined Nuyorican creative (that is a Puerto Rican who is from both the isles of Manhattan, NYC and the Caribbean). I share daily in the joy of education and live in a cute port town in New York, in a 'teensy-weensy' apartment with my two dogs and canary named Valentino. Check out my Etsy shop for purchasable pieces. Please do not reproduce imagery off of this site without explicit credit and no derivatives may be made of my original imagery- Thank You.

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Image by Inspiring Artist Vanessa Beecroft

Well, its finally here - my blog!

As an artist, and a maker, I am deeply invested in seeing how designing one's own life alongside of principles of balance and peace can be pursued actively. Hopefully, that comes through in the artwork that I produce and is displayed here on this site.

For my first blog, I wanted to highlight some inspirational work from other artists. First, please check out the work of painter Kehinde Wiley, a Harlem-based artist who has been a major inspiration in my Herstory Re-Envisioned project (images of which can be seen in my Herstory portfolio). In addition, I am particularly inlove with this Vanessa Beecroft image, South Sudan. It is powerful, riveting and technically inspirational to say the least.

I find that it's really difficult to come to peace with art making these days. Especially, in such a visually saturated society, like we have here in the US. I've come to a point and time in my life where I feel strongly about being an agent of change. Lately, I've struggled with abandoning the technical proficiency of my artistic training for deeper meaning and purpose. I'm also a 'big-time' crafter. I cannot stand the prevalent divide among craft and fine art. For anyone who holds my position, we are makers and to be makers today is to be informed by all aspects of image-making. We are in the middle of a DIY revolution from podcasting, YouTube to blogging. I think that force alone, will soon erase the divide. I think the most important thing is simply to be conscious and thoughtful of what you produce, how and why.

Reader Comments (5)

you are awesome!!! I love the work you posted...especially the photos of decomposing things great compositions of decomposition!!! ha ha anyway, I was also wondering if you are single?

February 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commentergregg

This website is AMAZING!!!

February 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAdisa Yamusah


February 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNieves

I am in awe of your work and the way your mind works; thank you! I consider myself a craftsperson because design ideas run through my head, often waking me at night, and I work to recreate these ideas through my jewelry. What I would like to have is your passion to work in other mediums, like glass. You have done some amazing work and so much inspires you. I too was struck by the African woman holding her children; the starkness of the red against the black blew me away. Keep us all inspired.

February 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Christian

Wow, you certainly have grown even just in the volume of work since I was last here. Some beautiful stuff, ideas, images, music in the classroom.... Have fun in PR.
You notice there is nothing controversial here, I think. But then, who can know? The world is full of complexity which is made even more dynamic by the exponential multiplicity of perspectives.... Joe

June 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJoe Murphy

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