provocative themes. I address environmental and societal toxicity through 3D "cautionary
tales" about contemporary issues. The incorporation of discarded, manufactured
litter "litter"-ally illustrates these tales.
I strive to elicit a visceral reaction from the viewer. As with all art, my work can be interpreted
on many levels. However, one does not need to apply a formula or look for hidden symbolism
to understand it. It is apparent, in your face. Some of it may not be pretty but it makes a point,
often spiritually informed. I work in various media, including collage, painting and sculpture.
The characters and settings are iconic and range from prehistoric to futuristic – strange and
fabulous creatures and animals, fossilized dinosaurs, mythical unicorns, aliens and humans
or just body parts. Most of my sculptures feature my handmade clay and plaster figures built
upon bits of metal or rock, along with salvaged materials that may be left as is or manipulated
through carving and painting. They are then integrated into conceptual diorama settings with
trompe l'oeil or surrealistic backgrounds which become powerful assemblages imbued with
spirtuality and raw emotion.
Debra Friedkin is having a solo show at the Watercooler in Tarrytown New York running through the end of July.
Friday June 20th is an artist reception for Debra at the Watercooler, hours are 5-9 PM. The Watercooler is located on 21 North Broadway, Tarrytown New York 10591
March has been a busy and rewarding month
* My sculpture "Learning to Fly" sold at the prestigious Salmagundi Auction in NYC.
* Another one of my pieces sold, "Bird With Nest", featured in the Carriage Barn Arts Center Spectrum/Sustainable Art Show in New Canaan, Ct.
* I was excited to be part of EV(e)OLUTION III, a National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) exhibit and to have a poster of my collage displayed in the gallery window facing Amsterdam Ave in NYC.
* Finally, it was an honor to have 3 of my pieces included in the V-Day One Billion Rising campaign multi-media Art Expo. All of the activities support the V-Day goal of ending violence against women and girls throughout the world. This 3 day event took place at the 4th Universalist Society on Central Park West in NYC.
Hope to see everyone at the Salmagundi Members' Exhibition reception on Thursday April 3, 7:30 to 9:30 PM. Forty-Seven Fifth Avenue, NY, NY 10003