Deborah has curated over a dozen textile exhibits throughout the US. \Additionally, she has had eight solo shows of her work in California. Her artwork has been shown on five continents in juried quilt, art cloth, book, weaving, mixed media and embroidery exhibitions. She is a member of major international artist groups, keeps up social media sites, and is represented by Kathy’s Gallery in Torrance, California.
I am a mixed media artist who primarily uses textiles in my work. Though contemporary in every sense, my work references traditional “women’s work,” done mostly by hand, with a needle, using gentle materials – thread, floss, beads – and more modern, edgier ones such as Tyvek, metals and found objects. My work is detailed, often with reflective surfaces and tiny, rich elements, and does not always neatly fit typical categories but includes collage and heavily worked or embroidered surfaces as well as art quilts and weaving.
I love the process of making, but my work is always idea driven. Presently, I am exploring issues of incarceration and have created a series of cells which are on stretcher bars, along with a growing body of art quilts based on photos I took at Alcatraz. Imprisonment is complex and often more racially and class based than immediately meets to eye.