Deborah Baldizar’s work has been shown in numerous group and juried exhibitions. She has exhibited in Providence, RI; Manchester, VT; St. Louis, MO; Casper, WY; Fargo, ND; Rye, NY; and Boston, MA, to name a few. Her work is in many private collections and was recently featured in the book CAST: Art and Objects Made Using Humanity’s Most Transformational Process by Jen Townsend and Renee Zettle-Sterling.
She received a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire. Deborah is an Assistant Professor of Art at Lasell College in Newton, MA. She lives in Seekonk, MA, with her husband and two sons.
“Everyone carries a shadow.” – Carl Jung
My ceramic figures grow out of a desire to visually translate the psychological concept of the shadow, or parts of ones identity concealed from others, either consciously or unconsciously. I am interested in the effects of human attempts to suppress, deny or neglect the true self. Images such as abandoned houses covered in ivy and overgrown gardens choked by vines serve as inspiration. In addition, my work explores the idea of camouflage, tactics that serve to cover up certain attributes. Interior spaces with decorative elements – wallpaper, china patterns and ornate textiles – are informative and metaphorical. The sculptures simultaneously embrace and emerge from all that envelops them.
Here are a few examples of her work.