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Studio Update

Summer/Fall 2017 Update


Power Dance, 30 x 22 cm Look for my work at the Chicago Expo in September 13-17 2017


Red dots and Hot water, 30 x 22 cm
It’s funny how one part of my life has come full circle since my studio visit with the Studio Museum in Harlem. In 2006 I travelled to SMH to speak with Lowery Stokes Sims, then their executive director, and left with the feeling that much more work and scholarship needed to be done.  I met with SMH’s newest associate curator Connie Choi and assistant curator Hallie Ringle and felt good about it. Of course there is always work to do, but I feel much closer. Twins (2017) is now part of their permanent collection! Thelma Golden before Twins Nobody’s Darling: Women and Representation at UT Austin’s Christian-Green gallery continues over the course of this summer and concludes on August 4, 2017. As I’ve said, I’m thrilled to have support in Austin and am as happy to see varying interest across the US. I will participate in the 2017 Art on the Vine atMart…

Why documenting your work is so important

Ok, so I've been away for a sometime now, but I'm back with some nuggets from my months away. One of the things I'm finding hard lately is documenting my work before it goes into the art world never to be seen or heard from again. Hiring a professional photographer is great, but if you can't afford one simply taking a iPhone photo may have to work. Your work is an investment and it's something you must take seriously, because if you don't it shows. I can't tell you how many time I have sent jpegs out with chopped hair, feet and arms, looking back it's embarrassing. Remember, everything you do as an artist is an investment in yourself and your practice. Lots of galleries and dealers show clients work from images from computers, email, laptops and other devices at fairs, special events and sometimes right there in their space. It shows that you care about how your work is presented and that you are a professional ready for the next level clients. Image qu…

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…

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