Since I was a child, color has always fascinated me. I am struck deeply by the passion of reds, the calming sensations of shades of blue, the buoyancy of yellows. When I began studying art, I took life classes and found I was totally absorbed in the body’s lines and shapes, which led me to abstraction. Studying art history and looking — always looking — at art in museums and galleries, I found my favorites: Robert Motherwell, Frank Stella, Robert Rauschenberg, and, of course, Matisse, Picasso and Braque. I remember the emotion I felt many years ago at a Cubism exhibition, which sparked my desire to work in collage, where I find I have the freedom to be most expressive. Adding found objects – scraps from printed media, theater tickets, labels, old maps, textured papers, even words, and anything else that strikes my fancy – brings a variety of associations to the composition. Although I am working in a two-dimensional space, I layer my pieces to suggest volume and movement. I am always interested in keeping my compositions alive, as Hans Hofmann taught, with a rhythmic play of form and color, which activates the work and incites new ideas and sensations in the viewer.
Deborah Forman is also represented in Europe through Galerie Nouchine, Beaulieu-sur-mer, France www.galerienouchine.comDebbie Forman