29th March – 22nd April 2017
Liminality refers to a state of psychological disorientation arising from a transient condition of being that lies between past and future. One’s unknown destiny lies poised at the threshold between these two dichotomous positions. The theme of the exhibition revolves around a young woman living in transition as an outsider conflicted between countries, cultures and her sense of self. So her liminal state denotes her mental and physical transition of being here but remembering there.
The paintings investigate aspects of dislocation, integration and fragmentation of being on the edge, unbalanced yet powerful. The transience and uncertainty are interpreted in the paintings through the representation of multiple figures that oscillate between a sense of losing and of finding themselves. The vulnerability of subject and fragility of place are signified by the figures, which are situated in improbable and physically awkward spaces. This landscape and the ambiguity of place impede easy passage and trap the figures within their psyches.
Through painting, I am trying to integrate the subject and object as well as to explore the contradictions between them. The subject is the representation of a psychological state and the object is the process of abstraction and the materiality of the painted surface. My aspiration is to integrate formal spatial knowledge through painterly techniques with emotion in order to create sensation in the artwork.
Deborah Marks received a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts, majoring in painting, in 1985 and she obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Art Studies in 1987 from City Art Institute, Sydney, Australia. She was awarded a Masters in Fine Art degree majoring in painting in 2011 from the National Art School.
Deborah’s art practise encompasses painting, drawing and collage which concentrate on figurative representations that deal with psychological issues. She has exhibited continuously over the past 25 years in solo and group exhibitions at galleries and other venues throughout Australia and internationally. Her work is held in numerous private and public collections including the national Kedumba Drawing Award Collection. Her works have won and been selected in the finalist category in numerous competitions, including the Portia Geach Memorial Award, the Blake Prize, the Mosman Art Prize, the Kedumba Drawing Award and the Korean Australian Art Prize.
In 2007 Deborah was awarded the Cite International des Arts Paris studio residency, where she undertook research into historical and contemporary artwork for the Masters in Fine Art degree. The artwork for this degree was exhibited at the Charles Hewitt Gallery in September 2011. In May 2016 she held a solo exhibition of her paintings at the Kunstverein Murnau Gallery, Germany.