Jamestown, New York
Deb is an internationally exhibited book and installation artist who works primarily with paper, text and thread. Originally from Essex in the UK, she received a BFA from the University at Buffalo and an MA in Visual Culture from the University of Northumbria in Newcastle (UK)
Deb teaches as an adjunct at Jamestown Community College and for many other arts and cultural organizations in Western NY. She has been the recipient of several grants and awards, including recently: the Ray and Wynn Ritchie Evans Artist in the Community Grant in 2012, NYFA MARK Class of 2012, a Zonta Women in Leadership Award for services to women artists in the region, and an individual artist stipend from the United Arts Appeal in 2013.
About her work and her process, Deb says this:
"I find myself drawn to repetitive making; most of my work requires tens, even hundreds, of hours of intensive hand labor to create. I enjoy the meditative nature of this slow unfolding of the work and the space it allows for ideas to fully manifest, for the threads of thought to untangle and re-weave themselves into new forms.
"For years I have been making work about the space occupied by women in society. Recently I have been thinking about how work and women are historically connected and especially with the uneasy space occupied by women's handicrafts in the Art world.
"My current work continues my concern with the space in which women work, and how work intersects with the domestic and the ideas of home. More simply, it is about weaving and threads, and how those activities are written into the mythos of women's work. Working in this way I feel connected to the long history of women's work which was handed down to me when my mother taught me how to embroider and sew."
Visit Deb's website at http://debraeck.com/index.html.