I listen, mostly.
I listen to the wind here in the Blue Ridge Mountains; to the rocks and the ancestors and the frustrations and elations that swirl through the seasons. I received training in traditional fine art media and practices, but I often reverse engineer the products to meet materials in their most natural state. I use Virginia clay, wood from surrounding trees, charcoal from the fire, salt, rain water… it’s much like conjuring. The imagery that emerges is often figurative, often comforting, often non-conforming
ABOUT THE ARTIST
I have been practicing art making for 45 years. In my twenties I travelled and exhibited at every women’s music festival I could find.
In my thirties and forties I continued to produce work but showed only occasionally, spending most of my time recovering from profound injuries sustained in a car accident in 1992. In my fifties, I gained an artist’s residency on a small farm in Central Virginia and I have been producing from this bucolic place ever since
© Deborah Justice