An interdisciplinary visual artist, specialized in non-traditional printmaking.
Debra's work is centered in print-based installation art; it also embraces social practice art with concept development for foundations, institutions, industry, and the private sector.
Projects reflect her study of persistent social and moral issues. "Rather than a statement, (her work) is a permanent questioning. Rather than an object, it's an ongoing process." (Orsola Casagrande)
In projects leading to installations, whose purpose is to stage transitional states, black and white drawing is the analytical tool; imagery is the narrative conceit. Their translation into a matrix of printmaking, from intaglio to stencil to graphic tablet, is as much conceptual as it is practical: process sustains a course of research.
The media and methods, the incorporation of a venue’s architectural features, emphasize the interplay between perspective, scale, and context in imagery that embeds the visitor within a matrix. Each composition is comprised of variable, modular elements whose assemblage, even partial, represents themes of recursion and analogy, generation and erasure; the elements' surface, a register of retrieval.
Early studies in sculpture, archaeology, anthropology and environmental design as well as experience in participatory design also underpin a practice that includes concept design and development for institutions and industries in collaboration with scientists, scholars, poets, planners, architects, technicians and craftsmen.