Diane Rendle: Voices Carried on the Wind
It’s often said that a picture can tell a thousand words, whilst proverbs have the ability to convey all those words in one simple sentence or statement.
These works are painted with the theme of African proverbs and sayings in mind from the Kiswahili and other African cultures. The beauty of proverbs is the universality of their meaning, which offer wisdom, truth, a discovery of ideas, as well as life lessons.
Diane’s work creates a world that cannot be realised, but is representative of a storytelling process, from her own perspective, using local knowledge gained from her upbringing in East Africa.
Her work is known for its use of rich deep colours, employing unusual bird and animal life placed in surreal surroundings. Humour and gentle menace are intertwined, often as cautionary tales.
The importance of these sayings in African culture is deeply rooted and specific phrases of these sorts are traditionally communicated by being printed onto cloth; worn as wraps by the women (Kangas), chosen very carefully for their message, depending on the matters of the day.
Poet Helen Freeman also had a kindred East African upbringing, and five poems have been written specifically for individual paintings.
Diane Rendle was born and raised in East Africa, and later in Botswana and has travelled widely. After graduating from Hornsey College of Art, London in 1981, she worked for design consultancies in London and Edinburgh, then married and moved to the Scottish Borders where she has been painting ever since. Diane has had a number of solo exhibitions with the Open Eye Gallery and taken part in many group exhibitions in Scotland. She has work in private collections throughout the UK.