About The Artist


A graduate of Boston University (BFA) and Cranbrook Academy of Art (MFA, sculpture), Deborah Perlman is influenced by her training in sculpture. She works in mixed media to create bas-relief works that interpret the dynamics of space, light, shape, and form.


Her goal is to compose work that demonstrates how these elements relate to each other and their surroundings. Her materials include a variety of papers, cardboard, colored pencil, graphite, and charcoal.


A recent series of works focused on the landscape throughout South Florida, where Deborah lives, highlighting her concern for the health of the planet and the perils of climate change. She is currently working on a series of abstract collages that interpret her approach to space and form.


“Whether the scene is real or imagined, my goal is to create a dynamic, provocative composition that celebrates planes, forms, shadow, shapes, and spaces.”


The dynamics of space, light, form, and shape inspire and intrigue me. I am driven to create artwork that demonstrates how these elements relate to each other and their surroundings. My aim is to capture a scene that stirs the senses. I see everything sculpturally, with each component of the composition adding dimension and movement. 


To fully express my vision, I build a bas-relief / 3-D effect into my work, lifting certain elements to emphasize the spatial dynamics of the composition. My goal is to create art that invites the viewer into the scene, compelling them to consider what they see in terms of shape, light, form, and space.  







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