Born in Queens, New York, Diane Fellows resides in Oxford, Ohio, where she teaches architectural design and theory in the department of Architecture and Interior Design, Miami University. Fellows’ work in drawing, painting, photography and digital film explores distinct narrative constructions of the main subject of her work: the topological and temporal conditions of migration, dislocation, and refuge. Narratives explore memory and remembrance experienced through current events in places we inhabit and create.
Fellows’ work in photography and film began at the Philadelphia College of Art / University of the Arts, after which she earned a M.F.A. at The University of Wisconsin-Madison with a focus in video and drawing. Fellows continued work at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as a Rockefeller Fellow. In Boston, time-based projects evolved into architectural work, and she headed west where she received a M.Arch from the University of Oregon. Fellows worked for a number of architectural firms, and was a project designer for the international firm Ellerbe Becket Ltd / AECOM.
Fellows’ media work has been presented internationally including Brazil, Germany, and South Africa. Her film “the Alley” is a finalist award winner in the New York Festivals Awards 2008. A companion essay, “Erasure: Temporality and the Second Generation”, to her film TopoNarratives 1-4, is published in the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, December 2009. She is currently working on the photographic series, film, and text "Letters Home: along the 32nd parallel, 35° East", and a multi-media work titled "The Preoccupations of Lee H."