Deborah is a multidisciplinary artist who works part time at West Dean College as the Arts Short Course Programmer. Deborah graduated with a Masters in Fine Art from University of Chichester in 2015. Her MA work consisted of large mixed media paintings on gesso and ply wood surfaces. Large ply wood panels were fastidiously prepared to yield incredibly smooth skin like surfaces, they were then painted with vibrant layers of oil paint and then over-layered by printing, through the use of paint and Deborah’s own body.
Deborah’s ‘Inklings’ are an intuitive expression of her journeying both physically and mentally. During the Arts Council England funded “Drawing Insight” project, Deborah scaled up her Inkling drawings and made her epic sized ‘Inkscape- on Cissbury Ring’. Measuring 10 metres x 1.5 metres it was made outdoors on the iron age hill fort of Cissbury Ring. A second ‘Inkscape – on the Trundle’ (the size of Deborah’s kitchen floor) was created onsite at Goodwood. It was divided into segments for purchase.
“Being a practicing artist is vital to me as it is an expression and an exploration into what it is to be human and alive. To be authentic is paramount in my practice and essential to secure meaning, value, vitality and purpose into my own existence. I am a multi-sensory artist who questions how conscious thought is constructed and the implications of the unconscious, how we live in, and experience time and reality. I aim to express my research on existential phenomenology and embodied experience in a visual form through gestural mark-making. My practice aims to deepen my understanding of these complex ideas, to try to make sense of the world we live in. Art allows me space and time to breathe, feel, touch, see, experience and think visually.”