Daylight Books publishes 'Diane Durant: Stories'

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Daylight Books publishes 'Diane Durant: Stories'
I played "The Toymaker's Dance" at my winter piano recital. What I really wanted to play was the trumpet.

FORT WORTH, TX.- Diane Durant: Stories, 1986-88 (Daylight, April 2020) is a unique collaborative project between multidisciplinary artist, Diane Durant, and her daughter Andie. Pairing deadpan portraits with handwritten personal texts, Durant recreates scenes from a pivotal period in her childhood and poses her daughter in authentic '80s ensembles to reinterpret the memories. "Stories, 1986-88 puts a new spin on old histories as my daughter stands in for a youthful me -- the one I remember and the one I wasn't quite allowed to be." Together, Durant and her daughter relive and rewrite childhood stories through this restorative approach to image-making and storytelling.

In her essay in the book entitled The Difficult Business of Being Human, Durant describes Stories: 1986-88 as a "a photographic reconciliation of all the things I couldn't change with all the things that never were, with a dash of adult-level cynicism and a handful of childlike innocence -- a synergy as compelling as it is relatable, if not entertaining, hopefully."

The pictures and text reveal that Durant and her brother were raised by adopted parents, and that their father had a drinking problem. "I wasn't supposed to talk about the alcoholism and the anger, the fear or the confusion, and I'm probably still not. But those truths shaped me into the woman I am today, into the mother I am definitely, just as much as my proclivities for arcade games and the art of sarcasm that seem more biological than environmental."

During this period Durant wanted to express herself as the tomboy she felt like inside, but her mother -- and the entire small Texas community where they lived, it seemed -- preferred the more female gendered attire. The photographs in the book depict Durant (played by Andie) being who she wants to be.

In the book's foreword, clinical psychologist Sheree Gallagher, PsyD writes: "This collection of photographs looks back at early childhood memories and externalizes a personal story in order to address both painful and joyful times ... There is great value in looking back, in telling our story, and it takes courage to accept and then represent our personal truths in an honest way. Emotionally charged memories may bias our perspective as we recall only the positive and deny the negative; or we may focus on the negative, rejecting the positive and harboring bitterness, shame, anger, or sadness. This range of responses and feelings influences how we interact with our past, live our present, and consider our future."

The process of creating this book enabled Durant to connect with her daughter through the power of photography. The book is dedicated to Andie. "For my daughter, who can be whomever she wants to be (now that she's no longer being me)."

Diane Durant (b. 1978) works with image, text, and found objects to tell true stories, from paddling rivers and road trips to all the everyday stops in between. She is a graduate of Baylor University (BFA '01), Dallas Theological Seminary (MA/BC '04), and the University of Texas at Dallas (MA '07, PhD '13) where she currently serves as Associate Professor of Instruction and Director of the Marilyn & Jerry Comer Collection of Photography. She is the former president of 500X Gallery in Dallas and past editor of The Grassburr, The Rope, Sojourn, and Reunion: The Dallas Review. Her photographs have been exhibited nationally; appeared online at Don't Smile, AINT-BAD, and Lenscratch; featured in print with Chronicles and Sun Magazine; and belong to the collection of the National Park Service. Her creative writing has appeared in Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, RiverSedge, di-verse-city, the Texas Poetry Calendar, Stymie, and The Spectacle. Durant is a member of both the Board of Directors for the Cedars Union, a non-profit arts incubator in North Texas, the Leadership Team for the Society for Photographic Education's LGBTQ Caucus, and Chair of SPE's South Central Chapter. In October 2018, Durant was named as one of four inaugural Carter Community Artists with the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth. More often than not, she eats cake for breakfast.

Dr. Sheree Gallagher is a Clinical Psychologist. Andie McGurren is a 5th grader at Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts.

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