Deborah French

Sculptor and printmaker in Taranaki, New Zealand

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Black Dog Girl

I have been making art for as long as I can remember. Initially a painter, more recently my work has been with printmaking and ceramic. Currently I am doing my Masters in Arts Psychotherapy (Clinical). My dissertation is focussed on the use of sculptural materials when working with clients suffering from Trauma. My own work centres on the shared social aspects of our existence.

I use my art to record, remember and respond to significant events, places and interactions. Working in a range of media I explore themes around nostalgia, loyalty, fears, unease and memory. I am intrigued by the association of what has gone before, how it shapes who we are now and how we navigate the intersubjective space of our shared reality. The skirmish between the past and the present provides a muddy and fertile ground for responding through art making.

Narrative is an essential aspect of my art making. Often I include overheard snippets of conversation and either have them playing in my head while I create and /or add them to the work to enhance the mystery of the ‘art/i/fact’ that I am creating.

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Ph. 027 767 3979
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