Philadelphia Art Alliance Blog

Gretchen Diehl’s Nature in a Nutshell

Whimsical, eerie, and surreal are the words you can use to describe Gretchen Diehl’s works, but they are so much more. Inspired by the artist’s vivid and sometimes even frightening dreams, her beloved people and animals, as well as verbal and visual misinterpretations, these works unravel surreal narratives. Diehl frees her subjects from their “actual” physical form so that they can better represent what they are, not what they seem to be. Delicately and beautifully executed, Diehl’s imageries draw viewers in with their seductive charm and surprise them with unexpected intimacy.

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Luna Moth Necklace. Ink jet shrink film, metal, acrylic. 2015. Courtesy of artist’s website.

Based on her drawings, Diehl’s nature-inspired jewelries share this fascinating trait of her artistic creations. Many of the images were originally created for her BirdQueen Tarot Deck series and have a message behind them. Take Luna Moth Necklace as an example. The butterfly is in fact an image the Queen of Wands, a spiritual advisor with strong intuition.

Diehl’s jewelry line connects deeply with the Earth. Besides sourcing imageries from the natural world, this line also strives to improve productivity and reduce its carbon footprint through its evolving policies to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Whether a nature enthusiast, a social butterfly, or an Earth lover, Diehl’s jewelries are the best gifts for you.

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Spear Bib Necklace. Ink jet shrink film, metal, acrylic. 2012. Courtesy of artist’s website.

Gretchen Diehl received her MFA from Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and BFA from Pennsylvania State University. She published her book of illustrations and short stories, In Loving Memory of Yellow, in 2011 and has exhibited her works widely across the nation. This holiday season the Philadelphia Art Alliance is proud to present her works in its pop-up shop Geppetto. Geppetto will be open December 10, 2015 – January 3, 2016 from Noon – 7PM Tuesday – Sunday, closed on Mondays.

Text by Qianni Zhu, Intern.

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