Dyan Ferren

I create hangable assemblage sculptures with found objects, incorporating natural items, antique oddities, scientific specimens, and man-made trash collected from land and water sources around the world. From forests and deserts to rivers and oceans, I fill my pockets and canvas bags with materials to create beauty out of uniting nature and today’s most abundant artifacts (our trash!). My goal is to bring awareness, through art, of the global problem of waste by encouraging everyone to share in the responsibility to reduce, reuse, and recycle.  

  • Mixed Media
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Artist Bio

I am a self-taught artist who grew up on the East Coast and followed in my mother’s footsteps as a sculptor until I headed to college to study art at Rutgers.  I dabbled with a variety of mediums just to test the waters, but when I moved to Alaska in the late 80’s, I become obsessed with collecting sticks, stones, and shells in the coastal waters of Prince William Sound to create ‘jewelry made from nature’, which, over the decades, morphed into hangable sculpture.  

I relocated to Idaho in 2014 and have participated in the robust art scene through a variety of art organizations, as well as installations at the Botanical Garden, and teaching workshops to adults and children about making art from recycled materials at the Boise Watershed.

Cretaceous Nest
Feminime Field Study 1942