Fall Art Exhibition: Reinvent, Reinvent, Recreate | Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

About Reimagine, Reinvent, Recreate

This upcoming installation is an indoor/outdoor exhibition showcasing the creative genius of several local artists. Each piece in the exhibition is made up of everyday objects, natural materials or discarded treasures that have found new life as unique and beautiful works of art.

Our featured artist and curator of the exhibition is the wonderful Diane Relf. Diane invited several of her friends and fellow artists to embrace these concepts and create the pieces that will hang on the walls of the medical school throughout the fall.

Diane has this to say about her work

My art consists of finding abandoned objects and manipulating them to explore their potential; then combining these new objects into statements of appreciation of the mundane. It questions the validity of a throwaway society, the value of always needing new things, and the perfection of machine precision. It celebrates everyday detritus that has lost its meaning and gives it a new opportunity to open eyes and minds.

As a very long-time horticulturist and gardener, much of my work reflects my love of plants, the natural world, and caring for our environment. Recycled materials (tin, copper) and natural elements (leaves, branches and natural fibers) are typical of my materials. I like photography and manipulations on digital images to create summaries that show another facet of nature. I’ve also had a long love affair with rust over the years, and often explore the potential of rust in creative expression in many forms: woodcarving and rust; Sculpture in glass and rust; rust stained fabric and paper backgrounds for rust assemblies; wearable art; metal masks; modified art tiles; photography; and digital graphic “collages”.

My two passions combine well to support my goal of using outdoor art and gardening as creative expressions of love for the environment and improving the quality of life. Art is having fun creating. Experimenting with new materials and techniques and inventing as you go are for me essential elements of art.

Other artists in this exhibition

  • Paula d’or
  • Joanna Sun
  • Donald Sun
  • Michael Collver
  • Lauren Colver
  • Robbi Halle
  • Linda Correll
  • Sally Mook
  • Sue Hasock
  • Matt Gentry
  • Diane Goff
  • Anne Trinkle


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