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Deborah Culbreth

Nominated by Chicago State University

It is important to record the mundane occurrences of everyday life for future consideration. Artist and historian Margaret Burroughs said the “purpose of art is to record the time.” That is theme of my work. All beings are interested in how others live. Activities that some take for granted, are fascinating to others. There is so much to learn from each other’s cultural similarities and differences. I aim to share candid glimpses into lifestyles in my immediate environment. The recording of these observations, document what will soon become a history of the occurrence. I am inspired by my studies of the works of the “Old Masters” during the Renaissance period. When I traveled abroad, the genre works at the Louvre in Paris, France, were the most engaging. The stories the art work tell with time stamped settings, enable us to be transported back into time. We are given better understanding of history, which evokes an emotional connection to the past because of art. Life consists of fleeting overlooked moments that are seemingly unimportant now. Our now, will matter later.  My works provides an opportunity to share an empathetic views of life today, and it will influence the future in some way. 

Image: Color Pencil Drawing of a Door Outside Another Door.

Resident year: 
2015
Cohort Group: 
Artist Resident