WITH OR WITHOUT YOU watercolor monotypes installed at the Josie Roberston Surgery Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NYC.
Great to be at Queens College Library for FLOWERS exhibit.
Watercolor monoprint THE END OF SNOW #3.......made at Oehme Graphics
"From psychedelic album covers... to Surrealist landscapes... and classic scenes drawn from real-life observation... the works in this exhibition cover a wide range of influences and habits. ...These 15 artists look beyond the colony -- beyond the niceties of craft and the border-hemmed province of print-making -- as they balance between the seductions of their medium and a larger practice that offers authentic expression its full outlet."
Faye Hirsch, Associate Professor and MFA Coordinator, School of Art + Design, Purchase College, SUNY
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Yearning Upwards Essay
Deborah Freedman explores different aspects of her subject, variations on a theme, as in music. She layers pigments and textures to create intricate surfaces that encourage complex readings of mood from painting to painting. Fall Tree 3 feels like a menacing wood, or our own dark imagination. My True Home conveys an equally powerful mood with clean layers of color evoking the effect of sun glistening on the leaves in an idyllic wood.
Neil Plotkin New York, 2014
12 x 24 foot custom-painted set by Deborah Freedman
From Oehme Graphics:
Deborah Freedman, a NYC painter and printmaker, collaborated with Sue Oehme to publish her third series of prints at Oehme Graphics in January 2015. Deborah's painterly sensibility translates beautifully into watercolor monotypes to create atmospheric landscape prints. This was her first winter visit to our beautiful mountain town, and the whiteness of our snow was an influence on her.
During her week at Oehme Graphics, Deborah Freedman expanded upon her two former series, Imagined Possibilities and With or Without You, to create a new body of work entitled Every Breaking Wave. She made 22 variously sized horizontal landscapes in order to reference what Deborah says her work has always been about: water.
Deborah picked right where she left off last time she visited Oehme Graphics in June. She works from a key plate, a drawing of a landscape with a horizon line, as she paints to suggest immense sky and land. Deborah will paint multiple vellums for a few hours before printing with Master Printer Sue Oehme. Sue proposes possibilities for rotation of vellums, hand printing, and plate sequence. Deborah says, "I feel Sue and I got to another level of collaboration and I got to a more confident place with the vellum, watercolors, and ghosts. Good to be friends with ghosts!" Deborah's playful approach to printmaking and good humor brought joy to the studio. We celebrated her project over dinner with local artists Diane Cionni, David Schaller, and Tibby Spear, as well as with a visit from Colorado Mountain College's art appreciation students.