Deborah Weir, Palos Verdes, California


Haida Waters by Deborah WeirThough entirely contemporary, my artwork references traditional “women’s work.” I use a needle and traditional materials plus edgier ones: Tyvek, metals and upcycled household plastics. My work is detailed, often with detailed, reflective surfaces.

I love the process of making, but my work is always idea driven. I work in series so that I can pursue themes such as the 40,000-15,000 year-old cave paintings of Europe and Australia. Pomegranates, which represent fecundity and come in the most amazing colors, are another. Industrial detritus: rusty metal, bits of plastics and random “junk” sparkle and seduce when repurposed into art and comprise yet another. Language, including early human mark-making, is an ever-present theme.

I continue to probe the nature of our planet. My series Fierce Winds explores the excitement and terror of searing winds which have been exacerbated by sudden climate change. Recently, I began to consider aspects of water: its beauty, scarcity and impact, how the constant quest for usable water controls the lives of countless people. Haida Waters comes from this series. Additionally, I’ve done work about the Garbage Patches (gyres) in our oceans. The objective of my artwork is to awaken the mind of the viewer by means of visual seduction.

Haida Waters

Retail Price: AUD$1200
Dimensions: 93 x 62cm (H x W)
Statement:Haida Waters is made from fussy-cut cotton which I invisibly hand stitched to a ground fabric I dyed. It represents the massive loss of salmon from their traditional spawning grounds in Western Canada.
Exhibitions: Fiber Forward at Palos Verdes Art Center
Deborah Weir

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