Dianna Frid is an artist working at the intersections of material text and textile. She makes drawings, sculptures, installations, and artist’s books. Her works are both corporeal and philosophical reflections on the ways in which materials—physical and lexical—produce aesthetic and contemplative experiences that shape our sense of reality. In her work, embroidery is a prominent vehicle for exploring the relationships between writing and drawing, and between transcription, composition, and ineffability. Either explicitly or in nuance, Dianna engages themes of time, process, death, and the transformation of matter.
Dianna has received major awards from Artadia and the Canada Council of the Arts. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, including at MoMA PS1 and The Drawing Center in New York City, DePaul Art Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the Biblioteca Francisco de Burgoa in Mexico. Her work is part of public collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago and the Cleveland Clinic.
Born in Mexico City, Dianna spent part of her childhood there and then in Vancouver, Canada, where her family immigrated in the 1980s. She has lived in the United States since 1999. She teaches in the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she is Associate Professor.