ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF ART
CHAIR OF ART DEPARTMENT
VALLEY CITY STATE UNIVERSITY
Galley Director McCarthy Gallery
Dieken grew up in the badlands region of the Midwest, inspired by the landscape, heritage, craft and the hand-made. She earned an MFA from Washington State University in 2010, and a BSED in Art from Black Hills State University in 2007. She has studied printmaking, sculpture, photography, and ceramics throughout her education.
Since 2007, her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions across the United States, New Zealand, Germany, and the Netherlands. Her work has been included in exhibits at the Museum of Art WSU, Boise Art Museum, Essex Art Center, Plains Art Museum, Dahl Fine Art Center, and the South Dakota State Museum of Art. A selection of her prints has been acquired into the permanent collections at the Museum of Art WSU, Boise Art Museum, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, and the Missoula Art Museum. She continues to participate in select print exchanges and sculpture based installations are exploring narratives of nuclear family, midwestern heritage, and childhood in rural America.
As a mixed media artist, she is interested in fibers and polymers as mediums for documenting perceived moments in time, considerations for collecting data, re-creating patterns, and engaging in community-based performances.
Relying on the repetition of imagery found in relationship to the domesticity of commonplace and nostalgia. With the use of various techniques within handmade art-making practices. Her work is about making marks via material exploration. She works with both traditional fibers, to cast porcelain, to found material sculpture. Resulting products range from cross stitched food, domestic interior installations, prints and paintings about "home." Dieken references outdated technological use of communication with everyday objects and repeated patterns. Typewriters, telephones, sewing machines, and bicycles become surrogate objects within each narrative space. Much of the work is instigated by a collection of narratives informed by life experiences growing up in the Midwest to current daily interactions. The labor-intensive repetitive work is an act of meditation, remembrance, and homage to her Grandmother and Father.