Northern Rivers, NSW
My work reflects a minimalistic design sensibility capturing organic natural forms. I explore the microscopic aspects of design in nature, juxtaposing these with materials produced for human use.
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Artwork on exhibition at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery, 44 Cherry Street, Ballina until 30th June.
Deborah White, born in Zimbabwe – moved to Malawi in 1971.
One of the most impoverished countries on earth, Malawi has a population of over 18 million people, 74% of whom live below the poverty line on as little as $1.90 a day.
Deborah had a privileged upbringing, not in a materialistic way but a humbling, soul enriching way.
Malawi had little access to basic commodities, so everything was preciously recycled, and everything had a use for something else.
These years for Deborah are what helped define her understanding of how precious everything is, how important it is to preserve what we have and not simply discard anything after its initial use.
Now living in the Northern Rivers, NSW her work reflects a new chaptered highlight in her career.
The microscopic cellularity you see in Deborah White’s work gives the perception that it is alive.
Her work reflects a minimalistic design sensibility capturing organic natural forms.
Deborah explores the microscopic aspects of design in nature, juxtaposing these with materials produced for human use.
Deborah uses stark contrasts of blacks and whites to emphasis the juxtaposition and to highlight the detail through simplicity
Deborah’s work comprises of different mediums; –
*Hanging installations made from recycled waste products, nuts, bolts, gaskets, washers, wood and building materials uniquely contrasted against natural elements such as seed pods, branches and rope.
*3D Beacons or posts made from a combination of man-made produce and recycled materials whilst her ink drawings show detailed cellular contrasts.
*Whilst her oil paintings display an organic abstract feel.
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