Diane Rolnick

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Painting ’73, MAT ’84

My struggles with depression, attention deficit hyper activity disorder, and anxiety that began in childhood, have followed me through my adulthood. They often interfere in my life, my activities, and my creative process for long periods of time. These mental issues have made me feel inadequate, like a stranger to others, and have caused me excruciating pain over small problems and interactions. I have always felt that I have been hiding in plain sight. In spite of these issues and with help, I have persevered by recognizing how my enormous curiosity, desire to create, passion for teaching and helping others has enriched my life. My sense of the depth and intricacies of human nature inform my creative practice. They inspire me to create layers of complexity in my work, to look for the “other” in my compositions, and to never give up.