Deborah Wasserman was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, she grew up in Tel Aviv, Israel, and is currently living and working in NYC. Wasserman is a graduate of the California Institute of the Arts, the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She has exhibited in the USA at The Queens Museum Of The Arts, The Bronx Museum Of The Arts, White Columns, Pierogi 2000, Socrates Sculpture Park, and A.I.R gallery. Internationally, Wasserman has shown in Brazil, the Netherlands, Germany, and Israel.
Wasserman is a grant recipient of the Experimental Television Center, Aljira Center for the Arts, the A.I.M. Program at the Bronx Museum, and the America-Israel cultural foundation. She received an IAP Social Practice fellowship from NYFA in 2017, a grant from the Puffin Foundation in 2018, a grant from the Citizens committee for New York in 2019, and a Queens Council On The Arts New Work grant in 2020. In addition, Wasserman has been awarded a Su- Casa award from the New York State Department Of Cultural Affairs every year since 2015.
Inspired by my rich South American and Middle-Eastern background, my life voyages, and nomadic history, I make personal, visceral, Feminist, and socially engaged art centered on my experience of being a woman, a migrant, a mother, and a worker in today’s divided society.
As a multi-cultural and multilingual hybrid, my 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 defies hierarchy and represents the Many. Whether in painting or drawing, performance or video, installation, or writing, my art germinates from “in-betweenness” of space, the assimilation of dualities of high and low, public and private, beautiful and repulsive, pathetic and glorified.
My art is also inspired by the intense and yet gratifying demands of motherhood and ‘making a Home’ as well as by my newly found neighborhood in Jackson Heights, the most culturally diverse neighborhood in Queens, NY, where I live. Finding Home and Community has shaped my vision forever, in assuming greater social responsibility, in wanting to shed light on marginalized subjects, in bringing aspects of care for women and girls, for the environment and for people at large, into my art practice.