In my drawing series, LifeLike
, I manipulate powdered graphite on sheets of mylar. An initial smear of soft graphite begins a process that leads to the description of forms that are disjointed and seamless, grotesque and delicately beautiful: invariably, like life. These forms materialize through a process of documenting what I imagine I see in powdered graphite as it is spread, painted, blown, erased, wiped and smudged. While the results are fictitious, the concreteness of the illusion of the forms I conjure up blurs boundaries between documenting nature and inventing nature. The uncertainty between the two raises questions about the ambiguities and instability of nature and what we identify as natural.
Deborah Zlotsky lives and works in Delmar, NY. Her work is in the curated flat files of Pierogi Gallery (Brooklyn) and The Boston Drawing Project at Joseph Carroll and Sons Gallery (Boston), as well as the online-curated registry at The Drawing Center (NYC). In 2010, she exhibited her work at Pierogi Gallery as the Artist of the Week. In 2006, her work was included in Twice Drawn
, a contemporary drawing exhibit curated by Ian Berry at the Tang Museum (Saratoga Springs, NY). Selected one-person exhibitions include the Fort Wayne Museum of Art (Fort Wayne, IN), ARC Gallery (Chicago), Carrie Haddad Gallery (Hudson, NY) and The Arts Center of the Capital Region (Troy, NY). Her work has also been included in recent group shows at Joseph Carroll and Sons Gallery (Boston), the Lana Santorelli Gallery (NYC) and the Albany International Airport. Her work is in public collections across the US, including Progressive Insurance, Rutgers University, the William Benton Museum of Art and the Albany Institute of History and Art. Zlotsky received a BA in Art History from Yale University and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Connecticut.