Deborah Druick

Region: Northeast

 My paintings address issues of gender definition, self-identification, and female objectification, using stylized figuration and saturated high-key color. I emphasize and exaggerate stereotypical concepts of precision, perfection, and beauty in femininity. My females are both representations of self and faceless archetypes, eliciting questions about identity, self-awareness, and sentiment. I explore codes of femininity while also addressing issues of willingness and consent. I often insert my subjects into situations where self-control and self-awareness are requisites. My work can best be described as belonging to the “New Surrealist” movement, using an abstract visual language to express the objectification of women’s bodies. The border frames that I paint on the canvas serve as both an additional element of pattern and a transitional bridge from canvas to wall, easing the visual abruptness of the change in surface.