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Lives and works in New York, NY. BIO - Deborah Garwood 2016 I am an interdisciplinary artist, art critic, and independent scholar based in New York. I've exhibited sculpture, photography, video, installation, drawing, intaglio prints, and artist's books in New York and abroad since 1980. My practice across multiple media links the corporeal experience of art making with a conceptual and spiritual investigation of nature, culture, and technology.
The current portfolio presents 15 images of Evans Pond, located in Haddonfield, NJ. They explore the "aboutness" of this former millpond, the loss of social memory and its environmental decline as well as its beauty. Using different cameras, including low-tech plastic cameras, my iPhone, and digital imagery, I process the negatives and files with varying degrees of intervention. The images speak to the consiousness of the picture-taker and my presence at the site, yet remain a fragmentary and elusive representation of place.
In the summer of 2010, a solo exhibition of landscape photography from my long-term project, Evans Pond: A Long-term Study of a Single Place, featured 64 prints 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, environment, and technology. In 2013 a paper on my project at Evans Pond in Haddonfield, NJ was published in The International Journal of the Constructed Environment (Vol 3, No. 2). I've participated in several international conferences on astronomy and the humanities. Published papers to date include essays on astronomical themes in Marcel Proust (2001 in Palermo, Sicily); on Galileo, Proust, and French astronomical history (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 online journals, including PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art (MIT Press), for which I was a contributing editor from 2007-2010; Art Journal, a publication of the College Art Association; Gay City News; and Sculpture Magazine. I'm a contributing editor to the online journal 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. My work is in the collections of The New York Public Library; MoMA Artist Files; Hunter College Print Collection; and the Antonio Perez Foundation in Cuenca, Spain.