Deborah Wasserman

    Inspired by her rich South American and Middle-Eastern background, her life voyages and nomadic history, artist Deborah Wasserman makes personal, visceral, Feminist and socially engaged art centered on her experience of being a woman, a migrant, a mother, and a worker in today’s divided, Patriarchal society.

    As a multi-cultural and multi lingual hybrid, Deborah’s art often reflects the yearning to belong and the urge to embrace multiplicity (of materials, processes, ideas and even variety of assumed personas), a diversity that defy hierarchy and represents the Many. Whether in painting or drawing, performance or video, installation or writing, Her art germinates from “in-betweeness” of space, the assimilation of dualities of high and low, public and private, beauty and repulsive, pathetic and glorified.

    Deborah’s art is also inspired by the intense and yet gratifying demands of motherhood and ‘making a Home’ as well as by her newly found community in Jackson Heights, the most culturally diverse neighborhood in Queens, NY, where she lives. Finding Home and Community have shaped the artist vision forever, in assuming greater social responsibility, in wanting to shed light over marginalized subjects, in bringing aspects of care for women and girls, for the environment and for people at large, into her art practice.

    Deborah is a graduate of the California Institute of the Arts and the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program.  She has received grants from the Experimental Television Center, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Aljira Center for the Arts and the America-Israel cultural foundation. Her work has been exhibited in the USA, Brazil, the Netherlands, Germany and Israel, in such venues as The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Tel Aviv Museum of the Arts, The Museum Of New Art, The World Wide Video Festival, White Columns, Pierogi 2000, Socrates Park and A.I.R gallery. In 2016 Deborah was awarded an IAP Social Practice fellowship from NYFA and a Su- Casa grant from Queens Council On the Arts.

     

     

     

    ART INTERVENTIONS/PUBLIC PERFORMANCES

    Selected Exhibits/Performances

    2016         MOTHER EARTH/QUEEN OF TRASH

                    Public performance commissioned by RGBA Studio.

                    Queens, NYC

    2016         HEAVY LOAD: WASHING MY DIRTY LAUNDRY IN PUBLIC,

                    Public performance commissioned by Skowhegan Performs,

                    Socrates Park, Queens, NYC

    2015         NO LONGER YOUR CHICA

                    Public performance commissioned by Queens Art Intervention

                    Queens, NYC

    2015         A WOMAN’S WORK IS NEVER DONE

                    Public performance/Art Market

                    Queens Museum, Queens, NYC

    2014       THE LONGEST JOURNEY STARTS WITH A SINGLE STEP

                   Public installation/intervention commissioned by Queens Art Intervention

                   Queens, NYC

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS

    2012          FAR AWAY, SO CLOSE

                     The Roger Smith Hotel, NY, NY

    2010          HOMEWARD FOUND

                     Bineth Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

                     (Accompanied by a full color catalogue)

    2006          WANDERLUST

                     A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY

    2000          DISTANTE, TAO PROXIMO

                     Hebraica, La Galeria, Sao Paulo, Brazil

    1999          QUICK SANDS

                     Abraham Lubelski Gallery, New York, NY

    HONORS AND AWARDS

    2016         NEW YORK FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS – IMMIGRANT INITIATIVE, SOCIAL                   PRACTICE

    2004         MAKOR ARTIST’S NEWTWORK, THE 92ND STREET Y

    2003         ALJIRA EMERGE 2003

    1997         SKOWHEGAN SCHOOL OF PAINTING AND SCULPTURE

    1995         EXPERIMENTAL TELEVISION CENTER

    1989         AMERICA – ISRAEL CULTURAL FOUNDATION

    RESIDENCIES

    2004         MAKOR ARTIST’S NEWTWORK, THE 92ND STREET Y

    2002         ALJIRA EMERGE  2003

    1997          SKOWHEGAN SCHOOL OF PAINTING AND SCULPTURE


    Artist Photo Gallery

    AICF Articles about Deborah Wasserman

    | Artist News
    Watch artist Deborah Wasserman’s video documentation of a zoom presentation at Jackson Heights Art Talks. Organized by artist Linda Ganjian and made available by a New Work Grant, Queens Council On The Arts Department Of Cultural Affairs.  

    | Artist News
    Artist Debrah Wasserman is included in 2020 NYFA finalist list in the category of Printmaking/Drawing/Book Art. Her work was being noticed from a pool of almost 4000 applicants. Each year, the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship offers a unique snapshot of co…