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Deborah Barrett

Barrett is a well known self-taught artist. She is a native of Michigan, majored in creative writing at Wayne State University, moved to the Bay Area in the early 80 and eventually went to New York.

She began to make art as a child, creating toys for herself; she continued toy-making for her son when he was an infant. The toys led to stuffed figures which were shown in East Hampton, NY, and the work has evolved from there.  Much of Barrett’s work is figural, and elements of the early toys remain in the material she chooses for her collages and assemblages.

Barrett utilizes a wide variety of media: pencil, ink, paint, found paper, scraps of fabric and leather are hallmarks of her work, which is often on old journal pages.  She also uses wood, wire, wax and plaster to construct three dimensional figures of many sorts; an extension of her earlier doll-making, now turned into sculpture in which her sense of humor is always apparent.

Photo Credit:  dimnikolov

Photo Credit: dimnikolov

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