Dianna Frid


MFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Fiber and Material Studies
BA, Candidate, Hampshire College, Anthropology (transferred to SAIC)
BFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago


929 W. Harrison, 106 Jefferson Hall

Dianna Frid works at the intersection of material texts and textile. She makes artist’s books, works on fabric, drawings, and sculptures. In her work, embroidery is a prominent vehicle for exploring the relationships between writing and drawing; and between transcription and legibility.

Frid was born in Mexico where she was first exposed to textiles as complex codes of material writing. This point of reference helps her situate her work alongside lineages that embrace longstanding connections between art and needlework, and between idea and substance. Thread, as Frid uses it, lends itself to reinvigoration without losing its connections to important feminist lineages of craft. In understanding craft and art as interrelated disciplines, she engages with their dissimilarities and correspondences in a non-hierarchical way. This helps her encounter material and conceptual practices openly and experimentally. It is also a stance through which she asserts the YES/AND co-emergence of the sensual and the analytical.

Frid has exhibited nationally and internationally at public venues that include: the National Museum of Mexican Art, MCA and Smart Museum in Chicago; the Drawing Center and PS1 in New York; neues kunstforum in Cologne, Germany and the Biblioteca Francisco de Burgoa in Mexico. She has also shown extensively at university and private galleries. Her work is in numerous museum and library collections. Visit

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