Monday, March 27, 2017

Deborah Roberts: Anatomy of an Idea

Deborah Roberts: Anatomy of an Idea: I started working on some new work and was rethinking my process, is it easier for me to plan out my collages or just construct them based...

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Anatomy of an Idea

I started working on some new work and was rethinking my process, is it easier for me to plan out my collages or just construct them based on what I'm thing about "politically or socially" at any given moment? I know this is a "first world" problem (sigh) but I think it's something I should give more thought to. Structure, structure and more structure...
After Grad school, reading theory and socially relevant books took a back seat to adventure novels and streaming stuff on Netflix. I'm wondering if it may be time to crack open those books again.
Creating a bunch of series is what I tend to do in my work, (my current one is called " A funky dish of Chitterlings, ok!) because it helps me to flush out an ideas and it helps the work make sense.

After my trip to the Volta Art fair  I now have a clean slate to think about how I make art. It may just be me, but I always find it helpful to think about how i process ideas and how can that process generate a creative zone for me to work in. I like sharing works in progress, it allows me to see how people are interacting with the work. I don't think my methods are any different from other artists working out there. It's easy to fall "so in love" with the work that you don't see major problems when they appear. I find talking to others artists, former teachers, art historians and the mailman helps.
Conversations can trigger amazing insights and helps unify a vision. Good work is not created in a vacuum, it can be incomplete without some feedback. I cold call people all the time, I figure "they can only say no"or "I'm calling the police if you don't stop calling me!" Never happened by the way (side eye) Having someone with a critical eye looking at your work is so important I can't stress this enough. It forced me to shut up and listen, take what is useful from those visits and discard the rest. My ideas come from shared experiences, just like most people out there. Putting your work and your ideas out into the world is not easy, but it's necessary if you want to play in the game.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Studio, studio and more studio

Big things ahead so, I am spending twelve hours a day in my studio practice. Stay tune and look for me in NYC in March! Here are some new works in progress and check me out on Instagram @rdeborah191

Monday, December 5, 2016

Deborah Roberts: Winter Studio Update

Deborah Roberts: Winter Studio Update: Fall/Winter Studio Update 2016 Greetings Friends & Colleagues, Happy holidays! I wish you well as 2016 comes to a clos...

Winter Studio Update

Fall/Winter Studio Update 2016

Greetings Friends & Colleagues,

Happy holidays! I wish you well as 2016 comes to a close. I want to share what’s new, upcoming events, and recent developments and directions in my studio practice. 
Notably, I’ve been working on several small art journals this winter as a way to unwind. Sometimes, in the middle of trying to create work that speaks to social, cultural, and political issues, I need to take a break from big issues and just paint. For me, stepping away helps the work relax and allows new pathways to take form. Have a look,

If you’re not already aware, I filled the early fall season with several shows and an exhibition that I self-curated. I am glad to share with you some news coverage and photos related to a couple events. Thank you to everyone who attended and also to those who showed their support in spirit. Below are links and images:

·      Contemporary Art Exhibit Probes African American Identity,” The Austin Statesman (
·      Naming and Shaming: Deborah Roberts at Art Palace, Glasstire (
·      Coarse Coil Twist Re-twist, Art Palace (

Images from left to right: This American life, 2016 & Beneath lies the Power, 2016.

Make sure to check out my current and forthcoming exhibitions. My solo show Coarse Coil Twist Re-twist at Art Palace Gallery in Houston is on view until this December 17th.

 Also, I am featuring work in two group shows between December and February. The first is Smart Dust at SLA 307 Art Space in New York City (December 9, 2016 to January 7, 2017). Second, MISCELLANEA in Austin runs between January 21stst to February 18th 2017.

I also plan to show work at the Warfield Center’s newly named exhibition space, the Christian-Green Gallery, late next spring in Austin. Be on the lookout for more information to come. It’ll be great to hear from you all, and thanks for staying tuned!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Collage for collage sake!

     These collages are from my torn paper journal, I created them out of found paper scraps. What I love about them is that they owe nothing to any social movement or cultural political structure and they don't have to be perfect.  I did 128 of these small creatures in an effort to wind down from my last exhibition. I think it is important to find space for your work to relax. One more week then I am back to work screen printing, pasting and cutting.
Red hand 5x5 collage on paper
Heavy is the head that wears the crown, 5x5, Collage on Paper
Sunday Morning 5x5, Collage on Paper