Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is very pleased to announce that Debra Rushfeldt has been selected as one of the four artists of the gallery’s fifth “Solo Art Series” Art Competition. Debra will now have a month long solo art exhibition and she will be featured on the gallery’s front page, in the Gallery’s YouTube Channel, as well as in the “Solo Art Series” archive.
Debra Rushfeldt lives in British Columbia, Canada, where she is an award-winning assemblage artist. Debra will be promoted by the gallery with an extensive public relations campaign, as well through the gallery’s broad social media network. Also, part of her award package is that she is now featured as an Artsy.net Light Space & Time promoted artist. In addition, she will be featured on the gallery’s YouTube channel and with an event postcard.
The “Solo Art Series” is a series of monthly solo art exhibitions for established artists who have a body of work to present to the public. Artist participants were asked to submit the following 3 components for the “Solo Art Series” competition; 1. Their art. 2. Their artist biography. 3. Their artist statement. These elements were evaluated and judged, which resulted in the selection of the artists who will be featured in individual month long solo art exhibitions. This is the fifth “Solo Art Series” Art Competition the gallery has conducted.
Below is Debra’s Artist Biography, her Artist Statement, along with 25 pieces of her art. We hope that you will take the time to read Debra’s information and to take a look at her fascinating assemblage art.
Debra Rushfeldt is a Calgary born artist who received her art education at the Alberta College of Art and Design, and Banff Center, as well as summer studies with Parson's School of Art and Design in Japan.
She has been exhibiting locally and nationally, teaching mixed media assemblage workshops, and volunteering with art organizations since the 1980's.
In 2010 Debra was granted a Major Project Award from Columbia Basin Trust to develop a series of artworks that would highlight life in the West Kootenays, B.C. thus beginning her interest in drawing with charcoal.
Debra's mixed media assemblage work is subjective and informed by her found object collection and her attraction to rich and sensual surfaces. Her realism based charcoal drawings are inspired by her emotional connection to her surroundings.
All her painted and drawn artworks are linked by an interest in the found object, and she strives to transform the ordinary and discarded into images that speak to the viewer. She is represented in numerous private and corporate collections throughout Canada.
Currently, she resides in the small mountain village of Nakusp B.C. where she owns and operates Debra Rushfeldt Studio Gallery, and finds inspiration every day in the pristine beauty of the area.
Assemblage as an art form is the art of metaphor, of juxtaposition, of setting one thing beside another without obvious connection, and I enjoy exploring this lyrical and poetic visual world. My "Construction Series" is a synthesis of color texture, and materials combined in an imaginative manner that reflects my interest in primitive forms and my attraction to rich and sensual surfaces.
These works are not based on intellectual concepts but rather flow from a desire to create an art form with spirit. Some works are quiet and reflective, others are whimsical, but all are expressions of transformation.
My environment and activities in my life show up as part of the assemblages, and the finished work reflect a time and place for me. Studio work involves shifting and editing of materials, and manipulation of painted surfaces until the formal concerns of balance and unity are satisfactory to me. The completed works invite the viewer to make connections between seemingly unrelated materials and objects to arrive at their own understanding of the piece.
A lifelong interest in textiles and the decorative arts has also informed this series, as well as past travel experiences.
Debra’s website is www.debrarushfeldt.com