Deborah French

Sculptor and printmaker in Taranaki, New Zealand

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Black Dog Girl

I have been making art for as long as I can remember. Initially a painter I now work mainly with fabric work, printmaking and ceramic. I am also a clinical Arts Psychotherapist working in private practise.

My own art making centres on the shared social aspects of our existence.I use my art to record, remember and respond to significant events, places and interactions. Working in a range of media I explore themes around nostalgia, loyalty, fears, unease and memory. I am intrigued by the association of what has gone before, how it shapes who we are now and how we navigate the intersubjective space of our shared reality. The skirmish between the past and the present provides a muddy and fertile ground for responding through art making.

Narrative is an essential aspect of my art making. Often I include overheard snippets of conversation and either have them playing in my head while I create and /or add them to the work to enhance the mystery of the ‘art/i/fact’ that I am creating.

Ngā mihi

Registered Arts Psychotherapist (AThR) MAAT (clinical) (First class Hons),
P.G Dip Arts Therapy, P.G Dip Tching, Registered Teacher
B.A (Pol Stud/Educ Psych), Ad.Dip Art and Creativity
Provisional member of New Zealand Association of Counsellors,
Member of ANZACATA and Teachers Council
ACC Sensitive claims Provider

Mamaku Arts Therapy and Counselling
Phone: 027 767 3979


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