Artist Statement

Moving between figuration and abstraction my works are fictionalised spaces, which bring to light the less conspicuous aspects of human experience. Landscapes, still lifes and figures exist in a time and space suggestive of an event which has gone before or is about to happen. It’s no coincidence that an early career in the theatre continues to influence my work, as does my practice as a therapist in east London. Concealment and exposure, within or without, surface and subsurface are core themes.  Paper as a medium is intrinsic to the subject matter as it is both robust and fragile. By incorporating wire in the wall reliefs and sculptures I am able to extend this visual language. The work takes an innovative approach to working with paper. When approached as a sculptor the processes of constructing, peeling, layering, excavating, and colouring correlate directly with the complexities and visceral nature of the human spirit.

CV and Biography

Central Sian Martin’s College of Art and Design
BA(Hons) Fine Art (Sculpture
Sir John Cass School of Art
Sculpture Foundation Course

Art Education

Following art school Deborah co-founded the product design and manufacturing company, Urban Icons. The company up-cycled industrial products – turning oil drums into furniture, for instance – and collaborated with other manufacturers to realise cutting edge designs. It was during this phase that her interest in working with paper developed. To support her studio practice she later did an MA in psychotherapy. She now works part-time in east London as a solution-focused psychotherapist.

Selected Exhibitions

Fronteer Gallery, Sheffield, 'Environment' Exhibition2022
Fronteer Gallery, Sheffield, 'Colour' Exhibition2022
Whitechapel. London Open, Digital Exhibition2018
Cambrian Open Studios, east London2017-2019
Society of Women Artists, Mall Galleries, Shortlist2016
Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London2016
Wells Contemporary Art, Wells Museum2015
Other Art Fair, Victoria House, London2015
Loughborough Hotel Art Gallery, London2014-2015
Other Art Fair, Truman Brewery Brick Lane, London2014
Other Art Fair, Ambika P3 Gallery, London2014
Candid Arts Gallery, London, Framed2014
East London Design Show, Shoreditch, London2003-2005
Hidden Art, Brick Lane, London2001-2003
Mode, Islington, London2000
Space Open Studios, East London1998-2002
Craft Movement Fair, London, Box Pictures and Wall Images1998-2000
Wills Art Warehouse, London, The Art of the Body1998
Stables Gallery, Solo Exhibition, London, Box Pictures1998
Maymie White Contemporary Art, London, A Celebration of the Figure1998
Library Gallery, Stoke Newington, London, Works on Paper1997
Battersea Contemporary Art Fair, London1996-1998
Lethaby Gallery, London1996
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London1995
British Art Medal Society, Plantation House, London1994-1995
The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Currency of Fame1994

Awards, Collections, Projects

Award: Winning Art Medal: British Art Medal Society Competition 1994-1995
Commissioned to produce a second medal for the Society

Collections: British Museum
Private Collections: United Kingdom, South Africa, Japan

Project: Age In The Frame: self-designed, socially-engaged project on ageing 2018-2021