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Sam Dienst

Pluck | 21.5″ x 34″ | Hand-woven Tapestry Weaving (yarn) | 2018

Artist Statement

Sam’s recent work has centered around a form of self-portraiture using objects and items from her day to day life as jumping points for investigation. By translating and reconfiguring these objects into drawings and sculptures she takes seemingly mundane and disparate items and distills them into more homogenized realities. The final works are tapestry weavings whose abstractions and flattening further complicate and dissociate the viewers from the original sources. The textile compositions portray a more subjective and metaphysical realm of feelings and affective experience. 

Artwork/s at the following locations:
Cass Cafe
Metropolitan Museum of Design Detroit

Artist Website + Social Media:
Instagram @sam.dienst

MR/QD Is Made Possible BY

Artists stipends made possible by Kresge Arts in Detroit

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About MR/QD

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is an art exhibition in June 2022 devoted to 77 years (1945-2022) of Detroit LGBTQ+ art 

The exhibition presents a month-long historical examination of the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community and its longtime allies, featuring established & emerging Detroit artists, as well as artists whose careers were shortened by HIV/AIDS.

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to promoting positive and meaningful images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community through artistic and intellectual means. © 2023. All Rights Reserved.