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Dianne Blell, American (b. 1943)
Dianne Blell - Anticipation
Dianne Blell
Archival Pigment Photograph
c. 2000-2007
55 x 44 Inches
Signed, titled, dated and # 5/7 on verso.
Dianne Blell - Anticipation - TB
Dianne Blell - Lovers in a Stormy Night - TB
Dianne Blell - Teasing the Bathers - TB
Dianne Blell - Lovers' First Glance - TB
Dianne Blell - Preparing for the Beloved - TB
Dianne Blell - Elopement - TB
Dianne Blell - Lovers' Quarrel - TB
Dianne Blell - Tattooing the Beloved - TB
Dianne Blell - Courting the Beloved - TB
Dianne Blell - The Lovers - TB
Dianne Blell - Braving the Stormy Night to Meet Her Lover - TB
Dianne Blell - Cupid & Psyche - TB
Dianne Blell - Work Interrupted - TB
Dianne Blell - Beauty - TB
Dianne Blell - Selling of Cupid - TB
Dianne Blell - Certainty in the Land of Enigmas - TB
Dianne Blell - Foliage of Arrested Peace - TB
Dianne Blell - Stratagems of the Spirit - TB
Dianne Blell - The View Beyond - TB

Dianne Blell is a New York based photographer specializing in mythology and subjective reality photography. She received her BFA and MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She has been exhibiting her work since the 1970s and received the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and several other awards.

Blell’s work concerns stories of love, relationships, and intimacy, more specifically the compelling forces of yearning, desire, and the romantic pursuit of “ideal” love. Her most recent series, “Desire for the Intimate Deity,” investigates the universality of the idealized stages of courtship in the socio-ethnic and religious based mythology of Hindu folklore. She uses Rada and Krishna as her central characters, whom, in the pursuit of love, represent mythological archetypes of the human condition. Blell’s narratives also portray the lovers’ search for the ideal union with the divine. They are consciously styled after Moghul miniature paintings, and the models and locations are familiar to those who know traditional Indian paintings.

Blell’s photographic narratives are produced, designed, painted, and constructed in the studio. She paints the sets, costumes the models, and builds the stages. The background sets and the subjects are photographed separately in large format 4x5 film and then elaborately assembled on her desktop into final compositions. The series of Rada and Krishna stories has been a project that has taken ten years to realize.