Diane Williams is a Filipinx interdisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles. In her research-based work, she examines colonial legacies and the afterlives of empire. Williams contextualizes this idea by creating works that embody shared and non-linear collective stories of the underrepresented, illegible and invisible Other. She weaves physical cultural detritus as metaphors for how the marginalized are often viewed as disposable in society, while monumentalizing these colorful objects. To address the discrepancies in the archive, she works with materials that are donated and recycled from friends, family and her immigrant communities in Los Angeles. The gesture of obtaining a combination of materials from different sources provides connections with the histories and narratives of her current and past communities.
The focus is on world-making, finding possibilities to transform and remake human social relations while similarly developing an understanding of colonial legacies and their effects.
Diane Williams - Los Angeles 2022