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SOLO EMERALD AWARD

"BANYAN VUE"

BY
DEBORAH PERLMAN

MAY 2021

BANYAN SPACE 100
Photograph, graphite, coloured pencil, overlays - 11 X 14 inches - $450.00



JUROR COMMENTARY


"This entrancing portfolio is an invitation to explore and celebrate the wonders of an incredible tree which pushes the envelope of acceptable behaviour.  Its crowded trunks and branches interlace shamelessly and gracefully as they compete for the sun's attention. The geometric precision of the straight and clean, white borders that break and play with the trees around the edges contrasts and accentuates the tangled and curving trunks as they perform their expressive, acrobatic stunts.  This creative tactic escalates the visual adventure and elevates this stunning artwork to something worth beholding." -- GALLERY RING

ARTIST STATEMENT

"In 2019 – 2020, I created a series of pieces that highlighted my concern for the health of the planet by using original photos of the South Florida landscape in what I call ‘sculptural photo-drawings.’ My intention for this body of work was to explore the natural landscape and interpret its dynamics in terms of space, light and form. In nature, these relationships strike me when I see the gentle arch of a branch; a statuesque, majestic trunk; or a plant that spreads its leaves in fanciful directions. Many of the pieces focus on the majestic and sculptural banyan tree, whose trunk, branches and aerial roots create intriguing spaces, shapes and forms.  I printed my photos onto drawing paper, then mounted them in pieces, with some elements elevated to interpret the dynamics of the space and create the bas-relief effect. I then drew into the final composition with graphite, charcoal and colored pencil to highlight and accentuate light, shadow, spaces and forms until my vision was realized."
-- DEBORAH PERLMAN

BIOGRAPHY

Deborah W. Perlman is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and currently resides in Hollywood, Florida. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Boston University School for the Arts and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art. After graduate school, her life took a turn into the business world and she put her artistic endeavors on hold as she pursued a career in corporate communications and public relations.  Deborah started creating art again in 2018, inspired by the natural beauty of the South Florida landscape. Since her art career re-emerged, Deborah has exhibited her work and won awards at a number of area and online galleries.

BANYAN CANOPY 100
Photograph, graphite, coloured pencil, overlays - 14 x 17 inches - $650.00


CONGRATULATIONS
DEBORAH PERLMAN

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