Diane Pepe is influenced by untouched beauty of nature. Her sculptural structures, made primarily of wood and brass are combined with river stones that have been formed over time by their surroundings. Her work is a combination of what is organically beautiful as found in nature with a superimposed structure that represents a sense of order and containment. Initially influenced by the people she met during a trip to Kochi, Japan, her works and installations become more wide-spread in their meaning. She states, “This concept has shifted to a more universal investigation of the dichotomy between the emotional/passionate side of human nature and the ordered/structured elements that we engage to control or order these emotions. These are explored in sculptures such as Column and Center.
Diane Pepe has exhibited in one woman venues such as The Woodmere Art Museum, Chestnut Hill, PA; Brindle Gallery, Camden, ME; The Houston North Gallery, Lunenburgh, Nova Scotia, The Palmer Museum, State College, PA; The Delaware Center For Contemporary Art, Wilmington, De. and The Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA. She has also exhibited in Marian Locks Gallery and Dolan-Maxwell Gallery in Philadelphia, PA.
Pepe is the recipient of numerous grants including the Arts In Education Fellowship funded by the NEA with support by The Getty Center in the Arts, Washington D.C.; The PA Council on the Arts Special Projects Grant; The National Science Foundation and The Ford Foundation Research grants from PSU and the PARLab Grant from The University of the Arts. Pepe's work is found in numerous private and public collections.
Diane is currently an Associate Professor of Art at The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA. She received her MA from The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico and her BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA. A detailed resume is available upon request at DLP215@aol.com.