In her current practice, Diana is actively questioning how society contextualizes nature within media. Her current work, Game Camera Footage, is an ongoing and developing project which uses trail cameras typically used to observe wildlife, often for hunting or property protection purposes. The project was developed as an exercise in engaging with the flight or fight instinct that arises from PTSD. These symptoms are often related to the feeling of being a prey animal. Diana aims to explore identifying with a game animal, using a visual comparison with footage of deer. Occupying both a natural and urban environment, she questions the perceived threats that each place carries and their impact on how she takes up space. Currently she is working with pre-recorded video footage, but moving forward she hopes to integrate live camera footage from trail cameras placed to capture deer in comparison with footage captured to show her own movements in public space.
Diana Beare is a 2021 graduate of University of Washington’s School of Art, with a focus in Photo/Media and double minors in Art History and Digital & Experimental Arts. Her work is grounded in her lifelong pursuits to foster community and connect to the environment around her. Both of these values largely sprung from spending parts of her childhood with family in Uruguay, where her grandmother ran a palm tree plantation and her aunt worked at a nature reserve. Having grown up during the digital age, she seeks to further understand how the mind interprets media and nature in tandem. Currently, her practice is informed by her work in the nonprofit sector, with organizations such as Prison Scholar Fund and Northwest Film Forum. Diana is the co-founder of Skybox Media Collective, an art collective focused on producing media art exhibitions and events. Skybox is working towards connecting to its community through providing media development to local nonprofits and educational workshops to artists. In her independent work, she approaches her practice from an experimental perspective, exploring nuances between media, the natural environment and subjective experience.
Screen Captures from "Game Camera Footage," 2021. Trail Camera Video.
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