Garden Court, Palace Hotel
My most recent body of work represented here is an installation entitled “Urban Forest.” This hanging installation of a variable number of 14” x 72” silk panels printed with disorienting views of architectural elements that can be walked through at first seems to be far removed from my previous work with nature.
But, as visitors walk through the panels of the installation as if they are walking between skyscrapers in cities such as San Jose, it is meant to evoke the sensation of walking through trees in a forest and perhaps evoke subliminal thoughts of how we have replaced our forests and orchards with buildings.
This is a point that is especially poignant in Silicon Valley where I live as only one square block of orchard now remains as a “museum.” When I first moved to Sunnyvale, there was only one store on El Camino Real among the endless orchards with thousands of trees. Now it’s the exact opposite as there’s only one square block of orchards left among the thousands of stores and parking spaces and housing.
Even the fire escapes and the graffiti of the city are represented in my panels. As visitors wander through the soft silk panels, occasionally they will come across some flowers or trees hidden among the “buildings” as one would come upon gardens or parks when exploring a city such as New York City or San Francisco and eventually reach the water that surrounds these cities.
St. Petersburg, Russia – Cathedral Ceiling
There are also panels of the floor and ceiling of cathedrals in St. Petersburg Russia generically representing monumental houses of worship of all faiths as one would find in a city. These are meant to evoke a comparison to experiencing the feeling of a god or the awe of the wonder of nature when wandering among giant trees in a forest such as the redwood forests one drives through to get to Mendocino from Silicon Valley.
Ultimately, the images are windows into the viewer’s own minds. Each viewer sees something different in them. This body of work seems to have a very profound impact on viewers that elicits an emotional response on some level. As an artist, that is my goal.
An added bonus is that these 14” x 72” silk panels are wearable as scarves and the one that speaks to you may be purchased individually.
— D. Cichon
ABOUT D. CICHON
D. Cichon has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley (Phi Beta Kappa) with extensive coursework in the Sciences as well as in Art, Art History and Design including the practices of Photography, Fiber, Metals, Clay and Glass. She returned to the University of California at Berkeley for graduate studies in Architecture.
She has been a serious photographer from the age of 6 and a world-wide traveler all her life. “Traveling, learning foreign languages, connecting with people, and experiencing other places in the world and their cultures have caused me to be in awe of our earth and to have respect for our environment and the need for us to preserve it for future generations. The mysteries of life and our place in the universe are the inspirations behind my photography and artwork.”
Gumps, San Francisco
Her work has been shown in over 225 group exhibitions and in over 165 solo exhibitions in Canada, England, Finland, France, Italy and Switzerland as well as nationally all across the United States from New York to Hawaii. She has done public art commissions in the USA and internationally. Her work is in the collections of museums, galleries, state and private foundations, municipal, public, corporate and private collections throughout the United States and around the world. She has been the recipient of many awards, honorariums and grants and has been published in California, national and international newspapers and magazines.
She has coordinated and curated literally hundreds of exhibitions and has held positions as Exhibitions Director, Programs Director and Executive Director at several 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organizations. She gives back to the artists’ community by mentoring student artists and organizing exhibitions for other artists.
Grand Palais, Paris