The "Tape Drawings" are made from dozens of layers of torn black and white/photo-luminescent paper tape layered on paper. The tape allows for a fluidity of line an shape and a dimensional presence that emphasizes the visceral nature of surgae and the contoured edge. My work is a metaphoric representation of the order in the disequilibrium of nature, of both the harmony and frenzy of matter coming apart. I try to capture the moment when the shape is morphing or shifting into another, struggling to hold the center still when the forces of nature prove too great. One can read in my "Constructed Drawings" the explosion of the cosmos on a macro level; ono a micro level it looks like a magnification of neurons transmitting impulses of energy.
In the "Glow Drawings" the luminescent material is invisible to the naked eye in daylight. These drawings are intended to be viewed in two contrasting light conditions: light and complete darkness. I call the latter version viewed in the dark surreptitious drawing. So, in effect, there are two images occuring on the same surface simultaneously but only one is evident to the viewer at a time, impacted by the ambient light conditions. The various glow materials I use each respond differently to light conditions producing varying degrees of intensity. The two versions of the same image can differ redically, with unexpected glyphs appearing in a deeper space adding a large-scale sensibility to an intimate work.
Artist Bio / CV
Debra Weisberg, a native of Philadelphia, currently lives in the Boston area at the Brickbottom Artist Condominiums. Her work explores drawing in physical terms using a variety of materials, including tape, fiber, fiberglass mesh, and hydrostone. The result is a mass of shifting shapes - works that contain the expanding vitality of an explosive mass of energy. Currently, Weisberg is exploring glass to translate her “Constructed Drawings” into doors and curved space dividers, intended for lobbies and other public spaces. A two time fellow at the MacDowell Colony, Weisberg has exhibited nationally: Art in General in NYC, the DeCordova Museum, Mills Gallery and Rose Museum in the Boston area, East Hampton Center for Contemporary Art. Her forty foot high installation at the DeCordova won a prize for best museum installation from the Boston Art Critics Association. She has been a recipient of the Mass Cultural Council Arts Lottery grant in 2007, 2004 and 2001. Her work is in numerous collections such as the Sonesta Hotel, General Hardware Manufacturing Company. She has also done private commissions in Mass Power and Electric and in private homes, Weisberg is a college instructor at Boston College and New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University.