Deborah Weir is a mixed media artist who primarily uses textiles in her work. Though contemporary in every sense, the work she does references traditional “women’s work,” slowly built up, mostly by hand, with a needle, using gentle materials – fabrics, thread, floss – in addition to more modern, edgier ones such as Tyvek, metals and found objects. Her work is detailed, often with reflective surfaces and tiny, rich elements; it does not always neatly fit typical categories but includes collage and heavily worked or embroidered surfaces as well as art quilts and sculptural work. She chooses from a wide range of techniques, whatever works to express her vision.
Weir loves the process of making, but her work is always idea driven. She works in series so she can pursue themes of importance to her. The 60,000-15,000 year-old cave paintings of northern Spain, southern France and Australia are the subject of one such series. Pomegranates, which represent fecundity and come in the most amazing colors, create an additional one. There is another about industrial detritus which is made of fabrics, rusty metal and random detritus which sparkles and intrigues. Early human mark-making is an ever-present theme. Her series Fierce Winds and Confluence explore sudden climate change as do the pieces comprising her contribution to Nature Colorized.
The objective of Weir’s artwork is to awaken the mind of the viewer by means of visual seduction.
As a curator, Weir 's approach is to collect the very best work on a clear theme and present a “ready to hang” exhibition. Nature Colorized is such an exhibition. These exhibits are designed to meet the stated mission of the exhibiting venue, and she works closely with the exhibition department. She has done a great deal of publicity so brings that skill to her shows as well. Bent Needle Collective
benefits from the skills of all 3 member artists who have shown their work in juried exhibitions across 6 continents and have had work published in countless journals: printed and online.
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