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Debra Weisberg — Virtual Gallery

boston college fine arts department

My work is a metaphoric representation of the order in the disequilibrium of nature, of both the harmony and frenzy of matter coming apart. The drawings are made from dozens of layers of torn black and white archival tape on paper. The tape allows for a fluidity of line and shape and a material presence that emphasizes the visceral nature of surface and the contoured edge. I try to capture the moment when the shape is morphing or shifting into another, struggling to hold the center still when the forces of nature prove too great. One can read in my “constructed drawings” the explosion of the cosmos on a macro level; on a micro level it looks like a magnification of neurons transmitting impulses of energy.

Using luminescent tapes and powders, The Glow Drawings explore the idea of surreptitious drawing: two drawings on one surface — one that appears when viewed with light, and another image that appears when viewed in complete darkness. I am interested in changing the viewer's perceptual experience depending on the ambient light conditions. The two versions of the same image can differ radically, with unexpected glyphs appearing in a deeper space adding a large-scale sensibility to an intimate work.

 
Constructed Drawings

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Glow Drawings

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Glow Drawings

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