black and white photographs
In preparation, the artist photographed the empty galleries from many angles. Using those prints as settings, she pieced together installations and performances from fragments of other photographs, torn paper, matches, pebbles, wire, clay, her own body. She re-photographed her fictional installations and documented them with 8" x 10" prints.
Mounted at regular intervals on the brick walls, identical-sized black and white photographs permanently document 44 "installations."
Since people tend to believe a photograph, I presented photo documents of 44 fictitious installations and performances that 'occurred' at the Mattress Factory. I photographed the galleries, empty, 'installed' objects and other photos onto the prints of the empty galleries, then photographed these 'installations.' I then exhibited the portfolio of bogus installations in the same galleries that I originally photographed empty. Diane Samuels received both her BFA and MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. She has as Diploma from Harvard University, Institute in Arts Administration. She is a Visual Artist who uses other people's words to create her work. She was on the Board of Directors for the Mattress Factory Museum until May 2011. She is on the Board of Directors for the City of Asylum/Pittsburgh and the National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education at Seton Hill University. As of 2013 she will begin a project working with the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish and Yehuda Amichai.