Bio: Diane McGarel was born on April 5th in Roseland, which is on the far Southside of Chicago IL. Ten years later, because of her father’s career advancement, she moved with her parents and siblings to the suburb of Chicago Heights, IL. Her father, a sexton for the Catholic Cemeteries, instilled in her a beauty for the various cemeteries’ art treasuries such as stain glass, headstones and mausoleums. From her mother, McGarel has gained the courage to redefine her career and follow her first love—art. Her art work combines painting with computer graphics. In 2004, McGarel earned a B.A. degree, majoring in Art History from Governors State University (GSU) and continued her education by earning a master’s master’s degree in Communications & Training while completing several graduate level art courses at GSU. Her first juried art show was in 2005, a natural juried event entitled, “The Christian Art Show,’ in which 3 of her pieces were on display. Since then, she has bited in numerous art shows. McGarel currently is a member of such organizations as the Tall
Grass Arts Association in Park Forest, the Illiana Artists Group of Munster, IN and the Union Street Artists Guild in Chicago Heights, IL.
Selected Shows and Exhibitions:
2011 Mirrors of the Subconscious, Solo Show. S. Suburban College, South Holland, IL
2011 The Struggle for Art 111, an invitational Exhibit. CornerStone Bakery. Whiting, IN
2011 Illiana Artist Group Show, S. Shore Convention Center, Hammond, IN
2011 Unfulfilled. Solo Exhibition, Tinley Park Library, Tinley Park, IL
2010 Either/Or. Union Street Gallery, Chicago Hts, IL. Nat’l Juried Event
Juror: Jason Lahr. Curator of the S Bend Museum of Art, IL
2010 Collective Art Show. Glenwood-Lynwood Library, Lynwood, IL
2010 Between Fragmentation. Solo Exhibition, Frankfort Library, Frankfort, IL
2010 Image Attitude Impression. Union Street Gallery, Chicago Hts. IL Nat’l Juried Event
Juror: Geoffrey Bates. Director and Curator of the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, IL
2009 Student Art Show. Governors State University. University Park, IL
Juror: Mark Zlotkowski. Professor, DePaul University, IL
Entrée’ entitled, Honesty is Never a Lie, awarded Honorable Mention.
2008 Mirrors and Masks, Union Street Artists Guild Collective Show, S. Suburban College,
2008 4th Annual Self Portrait Show. 33 Collective Gallery, Chicago, IL. Nat’l Juried Event
Juror: Joyce Morishita, Emeritus Professor: Governors State University, University Park, IL
Ph.D. in Art History and M.A. in Painting from Northwestern University
2008 Faye Light Silent Art Auction. Governors State University, University Park, IL
2008 Union Street Artist Guild Exhibiton. Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL
2007 Perceptives: Any Way You Look At It. Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL.
Juror: Allison Peters, Director of Exhibitions, Hyde Park Art Center, Nat’l juried event.
2007 Illiana Artists 11th Juried Regional Exhibition. Chesterton Art Center, IN.
Juror, Karen DePirro, Professional Artist, MA: Cranbrook Academy of Art.
Entrée entitled, Plunder and Asunder, awarded honorable mention, mixed media piece.
2007 Student Art Show. Governors State University, University Park, IL 60411
2007 National On-Line Self Portrait Exhibition. www.33collective.com/3rdPortrait/index.html
Juror: Matthew Ivan Cherry, Dean of Fine Arts, South Suburban College, IL
2007 Annual Artist Exhibition, Tall Grass Art Gallery, Park Forest, IL.
2007 Focus on Chicago: Photo and Digital Exhibition. 33 Collective Gallery, Chicago, IL.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
MIRRORS OF THE SUBCONSCIOUS
artist statement by Diane McGarel
Our images, passions, and individual perceptions are mere reflections, a mirrored image of whom we are and who we want to be. Since the subconscious is an uncontrolled thought, it can be altered, somewhat like a reflection in a mirror. The mirrored image only reflects from left to right but never from top to bottom. Images that appear left in real life will appear right in the mirrored image. Our subconscious, our individual thought processes are similar to mirrored image because they only reflect the subconscious (uncontrolled thoughts) through the conscious (controlled thoughts). Both our subconscious as well as our conscious manufactures truthful and false images simultaneously. The resulting representation solely depends on one’s own subjective reality. Mirrors are man-made manifestations of one’s own psyche. My series entitled, Mirrors of the Subconscious is just that, my uncontrolled thoughts processes distorted through a controlled environment (conscious thought) in a constant state of flux.