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© 2019 Deborah Silver Studio

Gallery I

My art explores the concept of personal and cultural identity by uniting images of ancient tribal masks, totems, cave paintings and petroglyphs with contemporary portraits. When the primal emotion embodied in totemic art combines with modern portraiture, a narrative is created that questions one’s individuality, place in society and relationship with the past. Now that knowledge relating to any society can be readily accessed, our own ethnic identity alters due to our increased dialogue with other cultures. It is almost impossible to stay insulated within one’s own community. Thus, my work portrays other cultures through a reverse prism, taking disparate images and merging them into a narrative whole.


My weaving pattern is based on a split-shed variation of traditional fabric. By combining ancient imagery and method with a contemporary approach, I seek to bridge the gap between tradition and innovation, respecting one while celebrating the other.