An interdisciplinary visual artist, specialized in non-traditional printmaking.
Debra's career ranges from installation art to social practice art. Early training in sculpture, archaeology, anthropology and environmental design as well as experience in participatory design also underpin a practice that includes concept design for institutions, industry, and the private sector in collaboration with scientists, scholars, poets, planners, architects, technicians and craftsmen.
Debra's projects reflect her study of persistent social and moral issues, the ambiguities and contradictions that lie therein.
Her installations are assemblages of 2D components, a course of research developed through drawing and printmaking. The media range from photomechanical matrices (film, stencils, silkscreen), to animated projections, to pigment prints. Their composition, even partial, represents themes of recursion and analogy, generation and erasure.
The properties of the materials and techniques of production, the incorporation of a venue’s architectural features, emphasize an interplay between perspective, scale, context, pattern, texture within the imagery of a visual narrative that aims to embed its visitor.
"Rather than a statement, (her work) is a permanent questioning. Rather than an object, it's an ongoing process." (Orsola Casagrande)