In much of my work loosely painted patterns and texts employ symmetry, repeated forms, and emotive text.
My history with spiritual architecture framed by my upbringing in the Catholic Church manifests in installations in which I frequently employs the divination technique of dowsing. Employed by early Roman churches to augment spiritual transformation, my practice is about connection, whether it be through the hand making marks or through sensing the influence of magnetic currents at work beneath the exhibition site.
My wallpaper, painted books and installation projects build on my history of such investigations, alluding to attractions of all kinds, including lovers, failed attempts, and other artists, which ultimately create patterns that might be discerned on both physical and metaphysical levels.
Artist Bio / CV
Deborah Boardman is a painter, installation artist and Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and founding member of the International Network for Urban Agriculture (INUAg). She is a recipient of recent grants from the Illinois Arts Council, Indiana Humanities Council, an EAGER grant from SAIC and a Propeller grant with the Rhizome Alliance (Rodger Cooley, Eric May, Kevin Kaempf and Akshay Raj Singh Rathore). Her work is in the public collection of the Chicago Cultural Center, and her artist books are in collections of the Bibliothecha Alexandrina, Egypt, Newberry Library's Wing Collection and at Harvard University's Houghton Library, MoMA Queens and Brooklyn Museum of Art, among others.