Ann Diener


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Ann Diener
About the author

My practice is primarily large-scale, sometimes wall size drawing. With these visually complex drawings, I am attempting to grapple with the social, economic and ecological issues attendant with man's occupation of space and the manner in which those spaces change over time. Among my recent projects have been large-scale drawings dealing with systems and architecture in agriculture and a recent site-specific wall installation at the Art, Design and Architecture Museum at the University of California Santa Barbara. Over the past several years, the underlying themes of the work have concerned the industrialization of farmland and imprint on the land of generations of workers. Other themes have been the the water wars at the heart of the development of Los Angeles, the direct result of the dubious rerouting of resources by water baron, Water and Power head William Mulholland. He was the at the core of the southern California water system and the subject of the movie Chinatown, which depicted the broader socio-ecological question of the “watering” of Los Angeles, an arid region not innately conducive to the presence or sustainability of the vast metropolis of Los Angeles. This work has broadened to other parts of the world. During a residency in The Netherlands, I made parallels between the California water tragedy, with its attendant peripheral story of the destruction and the Bruegel's depiction of the biblical Tower of Babel. In the drawings, aspects of both contemporary California landscapes—both idyllic and threatened—have combined with those similar qualities in Dutch landscape, where tensions involving water and land use have also become pressing concerns. My work often involves the paradox of juxtapositions of varied scale, or sweeping issues and minute, detailed drawings always with attention to eco-social factors and issues linked to the art world and the real world. The work has broadened to a project based on Roman water systems and a current project based on the cultural transformation of the city of Los Angeles. These subjects ideally serve my ongoing investigation into the increasingly fragile interchange of humanity and land.