Festival Artist Profile: Diane Rudge

The Squamish Wind Festival caught up with Diane Rudge, a local artist who will be doing an art installation for Wind Festival. Check out our interview with Diane and some photos below!

Born in Toronto, ON, I moved out to the West Coast almost 10 years ago and haven't left! I've lived mostly between Vancouver, Squamish and Whistler, and just recently moved to Ucluelet, BC to set up a collective Art Studio, The Den. (www.theden-studios.com). It has only been in the past few years that I started working as an artist full-time. I worked in retail and had my own business for a few years and was looking for a creative outlet when I discovered my passion for the textile and fibre arts. I quickly embraced this new creative lifestyle, sold the business and dove headfirst into the art scene!

Wind Festival Installation

For my installation, I will be creating a number of items that will be hanging from the trees in the park and hopefully include a few elements that can be interactive with the viewers. Because I work with various forms of fiber I will try to incorporate a few different styles of my work into this installation. I would also like to try and capture movement in the piece as well and incorporate the wind theme as much as possible.


What do you like about art?

I love how with art there are no rules, and there is no right or wrong. The possibility to create is infinite, with that in mind it pushes me to explore further with my work.


Why is art important?

Art is important whether you are a professional or a hobbyist, it is a sense of expression, and I find it is always better to let your feelings and creativity out than keep them in.


What type of arts and culture do you want to see in Squamish?

I would love to see more of a shift and focus on the arts and culture in Squamish. Squamish is home to so many talented creatives, but it can often feel lonely there… if there was more of a hub for artists to come together and more events to showcase the arts scene I think it would really benefit the community.


If you could do 1 art discipline what would it be?

I don’t think I could do just one art discipline, I would hate to limit myself to only one thing.


What do you define/think of art as?

I’m not sure you can define art it is very different for each individual. But for me, I think it is maybe a form of communication; it is a part of my emotions, my feelings, my logic… it is another way of thinking and expressing how I’m feeling, and who I am.


Can art be adventurous in your opinion?

Art can absolutely be adventurous whether that be physically; you’re outside creating and interacting with the world or it can be adventurous in the sense that you are alone in your studio doing a little self-exploration with your work.


What is your favorite moment that involves art and/or culture?

Being able to enjoy other artists work. I love going to a gallery or show and experiencing what art can evoke from you. I also loving being on the flip side of that, showcasing my work and see another's reaction or interpretation of my work… sometimes good sometimes bad, its all apart of the experience of creating.


What is your favourite childhood memory interacting with arts and culture?

When I was a kid I was a bit of an introvert but on the weekends I would go to this pottery studio and paint. All different types of ceramics, whatever the potter created I would show up to paint. When I think about those memories now, what I loved most was that it was a space where I could connect with other like-minded humans. We wouldn’t always be really social but just being in the same room with similar folk was enough. The creative energy in the room was what I was showing up for.


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