Diana Jean Puglisi was born in 1988 in Brooklyn, NY and currently lives and works in Rutherford, NJ. She is an interdisciplinary visual artist and educator; Curator of Education at Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, SUNY; Co-Director at Bosscritt, a critique and curatorial club for emerging artists. In 2017, she was awarded a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Individual Fellowship (Sculpture). In 2016, she received an MFA in Visual Art from Massachusetts College of Art and Design (Beker Family Scholar & Graduate Dean Scholarship). Diana participated in residencies at Vermont Studio Center (August 2016, Artist Grant), Big Red & Shiny (2016) and Gallery 263 (2015). She has exhibited in the US at venues including William Paterson University Galleries Wayne, NJ; Wheaton Arts & Cultural Center, Millville, NJ; SOIL Gallery Seattle, WA; Alfa Gallery Miami, FL; subSamson, Boston, MA; Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts; MassART Art Museum (MAAM), Boston, MA; the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston; Kathryn Schultz Gallery, Cambridge, MA.
Puglisi dissects known forms associated with women’s work and/or sewing, such as thimbles, sewing pins, lint rollers, dresses and pincushions, to try to understand it thoroughly and in a context different from its original. She creates playful scenarios and questions how the arrangement and interaction of materials and forms anthropomorphizes them. Underlying stories and histories of an object's strangeness, even objects that we consider common, pique her curiosity.