Point of View

By Debra on March 30, 2016
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I have been working on "Point of View" or in other words social commentary.  I can't help myself.  I have opinions. Strong opinions.  Sometimes I want people to notice what is going on around them. Sometimes I want people to be aware about a certain subject.  I end up having conversations with myself regarding my responsibilites as an artist and a human being.  About making art that delights me just because. I think I will just do both.


Sheersation: Art Technique to Product

By Debra on February 15, 2015
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I spent a good chunk of 2014 and the beginning of 2015 on Sheersation, a window covering product.

 

I hereby declare Sheersation a nogo, a failure.

 

Sheersation was an attempt to take an art technique and translate it into a product. The paper lamination technique, fabric and paper, is labor intensive. That's not why it failed. It failed because I discovered I don't like doing motifs and I'm not willing to do the same thing over and over again. Limited editions, I suppose but not... I could make a new design for each piece. If I'm going to do that, I'm going totally back to my artwork. I have no enthusiasm or desire to do design after design for Sheersation. I do have that enthusiasm for doing it with my artwork.


I know more about a lot of things that I did before. I'm going back to may artwork and marketing that. Sheersation was a success because -

     learned a very great many things about paper lamination
     started exploring internet marketing
       Seth Godin
       Jonathan Fields

       Gumroad

 

My heart lies with my art and so does my mind.


Seeking Exhibition Venue

By Debra on January 26, 2015
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Unmade Bed

I have an installation that I have finished that I want to exhibit. It's called Unmade Bed and has to do with the sex slave trade. Did you know that the average of the young woman on the street is fourteen?  My installation includes a six foot by six foot quilt, a two foot by four foot rug, and a  life size soft sculpture of a fourteen year old girl.  What you may not be able to make out from the small image is that the rug is made of shredded money and condoms.  Her legs have graphic language from the sex ads on Craigslist. The response has been that it is a powerful piece, but no one has agreed to show it. I think it may have to do with the language on her legs, which is interesting in that I'm sure we have all heard it or something similar. If kids are around, I could cover her legs with a sheet. The girls on the street are as young as nine. It's amazing the vocabulary of young people today.  Please see the pdf file that shows images of Unmade Bed with my artist statement. Contact me and let me know what you think.