BIO

 

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 multilingual 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 defies hierarchy and represents the Many. Whether in painting or drawing, performance or video, installation or writing, Her art germinates from “in-betweenness” of space, the assimilation of dualities of high and low, public and private, beautiful 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.

 

RESUME

 

PROFILE

 

Brazilian born, Israeli artist, living and working in NYC. Award-winning Museum Professional, Community Organizer, Educator and Artist with more than 20 years of diverse experience teaching and working with communities in leading museums and art institutions. A creative and visionary cultural worker with excellent academic credentials. In-depth knowledge of art history, art theory, and contemporary art practices. World traveler with an understanding of other cultures, fluent in Hebrew, English, Portuguese and conversational Spanish.

 

 

EDUCATION

 

 

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine, 1997

 

Artists in The Marketplace (A.I.M.) - The Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx, NY, 1997

 

Post M.F.A., Whitney Independent Study Program, New York, NY, 1992 – 1993

 

M.F.A., California Institute of The Arts, Valencia, CA, 1990 - 1992

 

B.F.A., California Institute of The Arts, Valencia, CA, 1990 - 1992

 

Diploma, The Tel Aviv School of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel, 1987 – 1990

 

Diploma, Shenkar College of Design, Ramat Gan, Israel, 1986 – 1987

 

 

 

FELLOWSHIPS /GRANTS/ HONORS AND AWARDS

 

 

SU CASA GRANT - New York State Department Of Cultural Affairs, 2018

 

SU CASA GRANT - New York State Department Of Cultural Affairs, 2017

 

NYFA IAP FELLOWSHIP - Social Practice, 2017

 

QUEENS ART INTERVENTION, - Public art commissions, 2014- 2017

 

MAKOR ARTIST’S NETWORK – Fellowship, The 92nd Street Y, New York, NY, 2005

 

ALJIRA EMERGE - Fellowship, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ, 2003

 

ARTISTS IN THE MARKETPLACE (A.I.M.) Fellowship - The Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY, 1997

 

SKOWHEGAN SCHOOL OF PAINTING/SCULPTURE - Grant and Residency, Skowhegan, Maine, 1997

 

EXPERIMENTAL TELEVISION CENTER – Finishing Funds Grant, Newark Valley, NY, 1995

 

 

                         

SOLO SHOWS / COMMISSIONS / PERFORMANCES / PUBLIC INTERVENTIONS

2019                  EARTH’S CRY AND HEAVEN’S SMILE           

                       Gallery 77, Queens, NYC

2018                WANDER, WOMAN

                        Solo exhibit, Zaritsky Artists' House, Tel Aviv, Israel

 

2017                THE MORPHING WOMAN, OR HOW TO EXPLAIN  MYSELF TO A SCULPTURE

                        Intervention/performance, Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, NY

 

2017                HOSPITALITY, häspəˈtalədē

                        Art Intervention/performance commissioned by QAI, 2017 Queens, NY

 

2017                MIXED GREENS 

                        Boogie On The BLVD, NYFA Artists, Bronx, NY

 

2016                MOTHER EARTH/QUEEN OF TRASH

                        Art Intervention/performance commisioned by QAI,  Diversity Plaza and Corona Plaza, Queens, NY

 

2015                NO LONGER YOUR CHICA

                        Art Intervention comissioned by QAI, Roosevelt Avenue, Queens, NY

 

2015                HEAVY LOAD: WASHING MY DIRTY LAUNDRY IN PUBLIC

                        SkowheganPerforms at Socrates Park, Queens, NY

 

2014                THE LONGEST JOURNEY BEGINS WITH A SINGLE STEP

                        Public installation/performance

                        Travers Park, Jackson Heights,  Queens, NY

 

2011                 FAR AWAY, SO CLOSE

                         Solo Exhibit, The Roger Smith Hotel, NY, NY

 

2010                HOMEWARD FOUND

                        Solo exhibit, Bineth Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

                        (Accompanied by a full-color catalog)

 

2006                WANDERLUST

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

 

2000                DISTANTE, TAO PROXIMO

                        Solo exhibit, Hebraica, La Galeria, Sao Paulo, Brazil

 

1999                QUICKSANDS

                        Solo exhibit, Abraham Lubelski Gallery, New York, NY

 

 

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019                NO DEAD ARTISTS, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery,

                        New Orleans, LA

 

2017              INTERVENTIONS AT THE QUEENS MUSEUM

                      Queens Museum Of Art, Queens, NY  

 

2017               BOTANICAL

                       LOCAL PROJECT, Queens, NY           

  

2017               ARTISTS CO-OP, 2017

                       Jamaica Center for Arts And Learning, Queens, NY

 

2016                PIEROGI 2000

                        Flat files, ongoing, Brooklyn, NY

 

2015                MAKING HISTORY

                        Storefront Ten Eyck Street

 

2013                IMAGINE A WORLD WITHOUT HATE

                        Benrimon Contemporary, New York, NY

 

2012                SMALL WORKS

                        BOLTAX Gallery, Shelter Island. NY

 

2011                ART HAMPTONS

                        Cheryl Hazan Gallery, New York, NY

 

2011                MYSELF

                        Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, University of Nevada, Reno

                        (Accompanied by a full-color catalog)

 

2010                BABEL

                        Space 37, Jackson Heights, Queens, NY

 

2010                FRESH PAINT

                        Bineth Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

 

2009                PAPER IN THE WIND

                        Thomas Jackel gallery, New York, NY

 

2009                TRANS-POSITIONS along the Queensboro Bridge

                         Henry DeFord Gallery, Queens, NY

 

2008                NEW FACES 

                        Three persons show, Bineth Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

 

2008                CONTINUITY

                        NurtureArt, Brooklyn, NY

 

2008                CIGE-CHINA INTERNATIONAL GALLERY EXPOSITION

                        Beijing, China

 

2007                RED DOT ART FAIR (Paradigm Art)

                        Park South Hotel, New York, NY

 

2007                POINTS OF DEPARTURE: INNER AND OUTER JOURNEYS IN CONTEMPORARY ART

                        The University of Pennsylvania, Fox Art Gallery, PA

 

2006                AIR IN HUNGARY

                        2B Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

 

2006                PINK KID GLOVES

                        Four-person show, Chashama Gallery, New York, NY

 

2005                PROJECT DIVERSITY

                        Eleventen Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

 

2005                REFLECTIONS

                        ARTIS 2005, Nexus Projects Gallery, New York, NY

 

2005                WANDERINGS

                        Makor Gallery, The 92nd Street Y, New York, NY

 

2004                AFTER THE LIGHT

                        The Andy Warhol  Factory, New York, NY

 

2004                TIMLESS/TIMELINESS

                        Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ

 

2004                (BE)LONGING

                        Three person show, Makor Art Gallery, the 92nd Street Y, New York, NY

 

2004                ERRATA  AND CONTRADICTION

                        Harvard University, Cambridge, MA              

 

2004                 IN THE FACE OF OTHERS

                         Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY

 

2003                THE AFFORDABLE ART FAIR - Pier 92, New York, NY

 

2003                 (ID)ENTITY

                         NurtureArt Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

 

2003                 BLACK AND WHITE

                         Cheryl Hazan Gallery, New York, NY

 

2002                 SEE THROUGH

                         Satellite Project Space, L.I.C., NY

 

2002                 INTIMATE

                         Brooklyn Fire Proof, New York, NY

 

1999                 OUTER BOROUGHS

                         White Columns Gallery, New York, NY


 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

 

 

2017                NEW YORK FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS - IMMIGRANT INITIATIVE, SOCIAL PRACTICE

 

2003                ALJIRA – A CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART– Newark, NJ

 

1997               A.I.M - ARTISTS IN THE MARKETPLACE – The Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY

 

 

 

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

 

 

2016             MOTHER EARTH'S MESSAGE,  QUEENS LEDGER – Review of Mother Earth/Queen of Trash

                     performance by Tammy Scileppi  

 

2016             AN ARTIST IN JACKSON HEIGHTS SAYS NO MORE SEXUAL EXPLOITATION

                     Voices of NY, By Camila Cibils,

 

2015             MEET DEBORAH WASSERMAN: QUEENS MOM, ARTIST & FOUNDER OF ART FOR A START

                     By Ellen Niz

 

2015             ARTISTS TRANSFORMING QUEENS INTO OUTDOOR GALLERY SLIDESHOW

                     By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska and Katie Honan

 

2014             BURROUGHS CREATIVITY ON DISPLAY AT QUEENS ART INTERVENTION DAY

                     By Tammy Scileppi TimesLedger Newspapers

 

2012             AROUND THE WORLD – Interview with curator Leah Oates, NY ARTS MAGAZINE WINTER ISSUE.

 

2011             MYSELF – Catalogue and essay by authors Joy Garnett and Mira Schor, SHEPARD ARTS GALLERY,                       UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, RENO.

 

2009             STUDIO VISIT MAGAZINE – Volume 5, published by the OPEN STUDIO PRESS

 

2009             PUBLIC ART FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS - Written by Prof. Michele Cohen and published by

                     MONACELLI PRESS

 

2007             UNAMBIGUOUS - 99 artists from around the world, curated by Artworld Digest publisher David

                     Cohen, USA

 

2007             PINK KIDS GLOVES -  Curator’s picks, NY Arts Magazine, USA

 

2006             Featured artist, Zeek Magazine - A Jewish Journal of Thought and Culture, Israel

 

2004             ALJIRA CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART  - Catalogue and essay by independent curator

                     Dominique Nahas, USA

 

2004             LIFE INTEGRATES ART, by Amadie hart , Urban Land Magazine, Urban Land Institute, USA

 

2004             LMCC Winter Brochure (cover), USA

 

2004             ERRATA AND CONTRADICTION, curated by Melisa Shields and Philip John Usher Harvard

                     University  Press, USA

 

2003             Featured artist, Entre Linhas Literary Magazine, Israel

 

2000             A WELL ROUNDED ARTIST, by Marcela Bergamo, Folha De Sao Paulo,  Sao Paulo. Brazil

 

2000             PROFESSION OF FAITH, by Marcelo Rabinovitch,  En Foco, Brazil