There was a short profile and Q & A with me in L.A. Weekly earlier this month.
Read it here!
Thanks to Shana Nys Dambrot for featuring my work and new exhibition Creature Comfort!
My solo exhibition, Creature Comfort, opens this Saturday, December 4 at Track 16 gallery in Los Angeles. If you're in the Los Angeles area I hope to see you there!
About the exhibit:
Debra Broz’s new installation Creature Comfort features reconstructed ceramic figurines and found-object sculpture. Through the past year, Broz has been collecting, compiling and altering discarded furniture, unloved stuffed animals, and unwanted ceramic tchotchkes to create an abnormal world where misfits are held in high regard and ordinary, disregarded things become curiosities with confused and mysterious origins. With humor and tenderness, Broz twists the world of consumer trash and turns it into an uncanny place that speaks to the psychology of object attachment, science fiction, kitsch, and the malleability of identity and truth.
The exhibit will be on view through January 15. To preview the available work, visit the gallery website here.
I have three new sculptures up at SPRING/BREAK Art Show NYC opening this week! I'll be showing with Track 16 Gallery alongside Sandow Birk, Elyse Pignolet, Alicia Piller, Kris Rac, Camilla Taylor, Chris Ulivo, Cathy Ward, and Noa Yekutieli. The fair runs from Sept 8-13, and is located at 625 Madison Avenue. Track 16 is in Booth 1063. Tickets are available at www.springbreakartshow.com.
I created my works with the theme of Hearsay/Heresy in mind, and spent time thinking about Medieval illuminated manuscripts and reading Jorge Luis Borges' "Book of Imaginary Beings". The above sculpture, Leopard Chimera, is a combination eagle chick, leopard, and camel. There is a music box inside that plays "Oh What a Beautiful Morning" from the musical Oklahoma.
I'm a part of Solid Objects, an online group exhibit including artists Karolina Maszkiewicz, Donna Mccullough, and Cheryl Riley. The exhibit is curated by Patricia O. Miranda as part of the guest curator initiative of Now Be Here art. The title, Solid Objects, comes from a 1918 Virginia Woolf story about a man who abandons his political career to go on a search for objects.
From the curator: "This online exhibition presents the work of four artists whose unique artistic languages radically alter the ways in which we relate to objects. These works prompt a diverse range of emotional and aesthetic responses and invite a reflection about our personal and collective experiences. Debra’s Reconstructions combine and modify decorative ceramic figurines found at thrift stores to create new narratives that ponder on the complexity of our human psychology. " For this exhibit, each artist made short videos documenting a piece of their work. You can see all the works here.
Earlier this month I did an artist talk for the Greater Austin Clay Alliance (GACA) about my art practice, restoration work, and technical processes. It is now available to watch on YouTube here.
If you're interested in my restoration business or my practice as an artist, check out this interview I did with ShoutOut LA back in November of 2020.
I'm excited to be a part of Salvage, curated by Christopher Jobson, founder of Colossal, at Paradigm Gallery in Philadelphia. The exhibition opens Friday, January 22, and there will be an online Q & A with the curator and artists at 5:30 pm EST. The Q & A is free with limited space available. (RSVP here). Salvage is a group exhibition featuring new work by Yurim Gough, Debra Broz, André Schulze, and the Recycled Artist in Residency (RAIR).
From the gallery: In a culture awash in disposable objects and materiality, it is seemingly impossible to determine what has finally outlived its usefulness or nostalgic pull only to be relegated to storage, the thrift store, or finally, the landfill. This faded sentiment is just the beginning of the journey for this group of four artists who use their abilities to miraculously salvage fragments of tradition and culture that were destined to be lost, relegated to the periphery, or buried forever....
From her studio in L.A., artist Debra Broz morphs the dusty porcelain animals from an antique curio into wholly new hybrid creatures. At once hilarious and jarring, she deftly shatters and reassembles each figure to introduce duplicate limbs, heads, or tails. As if tampering with the DNA of an industrial porcelain workshop itself, the cross-species organisms appear wholly intentional and disturbingly cute.
Read more about the exhibition here.
I just received my copy of Céramique, a new book just published in France. There are 90 artists featured and I'm excited to be included alongside some of my favorite artists working in contemporary ceramics. This beautifully designed book was compiled and edited by Charlotte Vannier of Pyramyd Editions. The text is all in French, but it's still a wonderful art book to look at if you don't speak French. Available for purchase here.