The exchange between terrain, climate, temperature and the elements is constant and transforming by the moment. My new work is an exploration of the effects of atmospheric conditions on land, water and the resulting patina of time. These elements inform the work and at times determine the subject matter. The emotions evoked from these frequently changing conditions are explored in “New Terrain/New Territories”. The texture of the land and smell of sea salt air are the starting points and initial inspiration for the monotypes and works oil on panel in this series. There is intent as the work begins which quickly gives way to a spontaneous response to gesture, brush stroke and line work. Color is used to evoke emotion and to reference seasons, time of day and implied location. These are sensory landscapes.
In my relief prints there is an excavation and layering process that conceals/reveals visual information, each layer informing the next. Textures from salvaged boards are selectively inked to capture the natural line work. Wood boards that have been exposed to the elements retain hard grain and offers it’s texture as a visual record of a natural process. Including this trace history in the work has become part of the visual vocabulary.
Deborah Weiss has exhibited in numerous galleries and universities including the International Print Center (NYC), Shenzhen University (China), Whistler Museum of Art (PA), Minnesota National Print Biennial, Museum of the Living Artist (CA), Center for Contemporary Printmaking (CT), Monster Truck Gallery (Ireland).
Her work is included in both private and public collections including the Mattatuck Museum, Fidelity Corporate Collection, Harvard Medical International, Dempsey, Myers + Co., Clark University, Ritz Carlton. Weiss’ work is included in regional and national publications. She is a juried member of Boston Printmakers and Silvermine Guild of Artists. Weiss maintains a maintains a studio in Stratford, CT.
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