Painting is my sensual response to the world, a time-release recording of the sounds, smells, and intensity of a moment. Abstraction is a language that traces my inner turbulence and exuberance. The natural translucent materials of beeswax and damar contain a lush baroque beauty. Mixing pigments, playing with opacity, heating the panel, always touching, breathing the smell of the hot beeswax, brings a slowness and intimacy to the process. The work is layered, incised, inlaid, and scraped; lines cut into the surface, either sharp or blurred, feel alternately vulnerable and impenetrable. Humor and playfulness are found in the saturated, syncopated color and jostling shapes that play off an underlying grid. These juxtapositions create imbalance, insecurity, and surprise, a metaphor for the search to find my place in the world..
Deborah Peeples earned a BFA from Washington University School of Fine Arts. She also studied at the Lake Placid School of Art. Peeples has been an active member of The Crit Lab, Yellow Chair Salon, New England Wax, and is Board President of the Cambridge Art Association. She recently completed an Artist Residency at the Vermont Studio Center. Her work has been exhibited nationally. She is represented by 13 Forest Gallery in Arlington, MA, and Crit Lab Flat Files. She lives with her husband, Ron, in Cambridge, MA, and works from her studio at Joy Street Studios in Somerville, MA.