I am fascinated by the effects of tides, wind, gravity and light. Drawn to the way invisible forces animate our world, I engage these elements in my paintings, videos and light installations. Stalking the ephemeral, I seek phenomena that fuel my exploration of transcendence, which Joseph Campbell referred to as "that to which words and thoughts do not reach”.
In my video work, a crucial component is the editing process, where I challenge perception by sculpting time. By slowing down or speeding up time, I take the viewer on a journey into things that are often unnoticed or overlooked. The wind as it sways a field of grasses. A crystal clear tide pool churned into a thick blanket of undulating foam. A field of fireflies twinkling at dusk.
The interplay between the primordial and the transitory lasts for mere seconds. Yet together they produce revelations. Within the ever fleeting lies a glimpse of the eternal.
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Diana Lehr is a multi disciplinary artist, known for her paintings, videos and work with light. She attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1980 - 1984, where she studied painting and earned a Certificate of Fine Art. Lehr’s work has been exhibited in galleries, alternative spaces, film festivals and museums across the US, including New Orleans, San Diego, Philadelphia, Seattle, NYC, Los Angeles and Honolulu. In 2017 her video clip of fireflies titled Midsummer Night’s Dream, went viral on multiple Platforms—aired/posted by ABC News, GMA, Telegraph UK, The Australian, Bioluga TV, Unilad, Green Renaissance and others, garnering upwards of 100 million views. In January 2020, her video installation “Surfing Beneath the Surface” opened at the Flatiron Prow Art Space, NYC. This exhibit was featured in Untapped New York’s January art guide as the #2 public art installation not to miss and featured again in the follow-up edition in February.