Dianne Firth


Artist Information for Dianne Firth

Environmental conditions such as drought, fire, floods and the urban/rural divide strongly influence my work. My training as a landscape architect provides me with a language to interrogate such phenomenon and respond to them through my textile work. Topography, geology, hydrology, vegetation and patterns of nature are my dominant themes.

Rather than using representational techniques I prefer to use processes of abstraction and minimisation. I try to have a strong graphic component in the work as well as interesting detail. Line, form, colour and texture are dominant elements while dyeing, tearing, cutting, layering and machine stitching are the main techniques. Each piece, or set of pieces, is designed within a frame - a device to focus the eye into the work. The tactile quality of the work is always considered.

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Plant Trees

Plant Trees79" x 47"   Photo by Andrew Sikorski

Inspiration for Plant Trees came from a change in government policy as a result of massive land degradation from land clearing. Planting trees, particularly native trees, became a priority.


Chlorophyll39” x 16”   Photo by Andrew Sikorski

Chlorophyll is the green pigment found in plants and is critical in photosynthesis - a process that allows plants to absorb energy from light. I have used different hues and shades of green. This is to reference the wide variety of greens found in plant material as well as the changes that occur to plant tissue as it moves through its life cycle. The circular motif of the design is symbolic of a plant's relationship with light.

Red Stones #2

Red Stones #255” x 48”   Photo by Andrew Sikorski

This diptych plays with the ephemeral qualities of light and shade, solid and void such as experienced when looking through water to stones on a river bed.


Bimbimbie78” x 33”   Photo by Andrew Sikorski

Bimbimbie, the name of a hillside place in Canberra, was inspired by the view over the valley below.

Drainage Basin

Drainage Basin57” x 55”   Photo by Andrew Sikorski

The triptych, "Drainage Basin" depicts the way water collects on the land and the way it is channelled into ever larger and more sluggish waterways that terminate in billabongs, reservoirs, lakes or the sea.