Lives and works in New York.
BIO - Deborah Garwood
I am an interdisciplinary artist, art critic, and independent scholar based in New York. My practice across multiple media celebrates freedom of expression as a corporeal, sensual experience in tandem with an intellectual and spiritual investigation of the interdependencies that connect nature, culture, and technology. I've exhibited sculpture, photography, video, installation, drawing, intaglio prints, and artistís books in New York and abroad since 1980.
In the summer of 2010, an extensive solo exhibition of landscape photography from my ongoing project, Evans Pond: A Long-term Study of a Single Place, was featured at the Antonio Perez Foundation in Cuenca, Spain. The catalog for this exhibition includes two essays, one by Lilly Wei and one by the Cuban-born, Spain-based critic Andres Isaac Santana.
As an independent scholar, I focus on lost connections between art, science, literature, and technology. I've participated in a number of international conferences on astronomy and the humanities. Published papers to date include essays on astronomical themes in Marcel Proust (2001 in Palermo, Sicily, and 2009 in Venice, Italy); an essay on astronomy and existentialism in the fiction of Albert Camus (2005 at the Adler Planetarium); and a photographic essay entitled Paris Solstice that was inspired by Proust and French astronomical history (2003 at Oxford University, England).
I've contributed criticism on the fine and performing arts to journals, newspapers, and websites, including PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art (MIT Press), to which I became a contributing editor in 2007; Art Journal, a publication of the College Art Association; Gay City News; and Sculpture Magazine. I'm a contributing editor to artcritical.com, published by David Cohen.
Born in Camden, NJ, I earned a BA at Oberlin College and an MFA at Hunter College, City University of New York. I also studied visual art and weaving at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in Halifax, Canada. I received the Robert Smithson Memorial Scholarship for Sculpture at the Brooklyn Museum. I have pursued independent research at the Paris Observatory and other cultural institutions in Paris and New York, notably The Morgan Library & Museum, The New York Botanical Garden, MOMA, and The New York Public Library, which holds some of my work.