Diezel’s works are large, explorative and experimental with an industrial ‘pop art’ feel. Expressive brushstrokes, drips and other techniques are used to make comments about morality, beliefs and identity. The vulnerability of people and their complex emotions are a recurrent narrative in Diezel’s work that inspire images that capture the complexities of human nature, traversing different cultures and times.
“My experiences and the memory thereof have shaped the way in which I view the world. With dripping paint I want to express that our experiences make us who we are.
I like to use animals as metaphors for the complex conditions humans exist in. The crisscross brushstrokes (resulting in a plus sign) are a symbol of hope and of positivity. Hope always prevails, while the human condition is mourned. The ‘plus sign’ marks all my work and is a very important part of it. Without it my work is incomplete”
Diezel is a member of the Superstroke Art Movement, which was founded by famous South African artist Conrad Bo, as a reaction to the impact of the Superflat Art Movement, (of Japanese artist Takashi Murakami) on contemporary art today. Takashi Murakami and the Superflat Movement focus on the flatness of Manga art and two-dimensionalism. In contrast, the Superstroke Movement, through the use of expressive brushstrokes and criss-cross movements, (plus signs) focuses on expression and comments on the world, decay, history and the human condition.
After growing up on a farm in South Africa where the open spaces gave birth to a wild imagination, Superstroke Pop Artist Diezel, studied in Johannesburg, lived in Kenya and now works from a studio in Sydney Australia.
She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Johannesburg, studied Post Graduate Marketing Management at the University of South Africa and also received a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of South Africa.
Diezel’s art is a contemplation of the human ‘experience’ and the complexities of multi-cultural societies. She is interested in the impact of the past on the present and her work deals with questions about the psychological effect of our experiences on us as human beings. Many of her multi-coloured ‘drip’ works refers to the rainbow people of multicultural societies such as those in South Africa and Australia. Every drip and colour is symbolic of an experience and how we are the ‘result’ of our experiences.