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Deborah Benioff Friedman

Everywhere... signs, marks, evidence of existence, the laws of gravity, character, history, and imagination. Cracks in the asphalt that hint at some shift underneath. Pawprints in mud, dust on a web. There are inscriptions made by wind and sand, time and fire, or just tales told by mold or neglect or rubber tires on a curve of asphalt. The marks I make - cuts, holes, burns, stains or stitches in paper - are evidence of my truths: they are a code, a rhythmic, enigmatic, asemic language as well as a map to my subconscious meanderings.

I work with repurposed or found materials that have been worn and used and worked by other people, other forces. My pieces are made from items such teabags and teabag labels, ledger paper, staples, coffee filters, cardboard boxes, zipper packaging, books, recipe cards, envelopes, discarded wire and wood. I add my efforts to the already present scratches, stains, dents, tears, rust marks and various weatherings with stitches, dye, paint and glue. I sand, boil and bake paper and books. I knead mulberry paper to get it to contract and adhere. The idea is to tell a story, but in hints and whispers, erasures, and mendings.

I start with the chosen material and see where my fingers take me, with minimal interference by conscious planning or rigid organization. I try to balance meticulous detail with rough gesture. An almost daily practice, the rhythmic movement of kneading and stitching…what emerges is a glimpse at a subliminal manuscript.




Tall-Two-Pump-Mocha-No-Whip
72x77x1. Starbucks cups, rust, tea. 2018. $3500

Hush
10x7x4. Cardboard, paper pulp, twine, wire. 2018. $450.

wrought
21x23x1. Teabag tags, paper. 2018. $750.

Odyssey I
20x20. Coffee filter, ledger paper, thread. 2018. $750.

Ortu 1
19x19. Coffee filter, thread, ledger paper, tea dye. 2017. $750.

Envelope
15x14. Envelope, tea stain. 2017. $750.

Formulary
15x12. Recipe cards, tea dye, paint. 2016. $550.

Just A Game
20x24. Paper, thread, tea dye. 2016. $1050.

Nidus
27x29. Teabags, thread. 2015. (Sold)

Square Dance
49x36. teabags, thread. 2015. $1600.

Openwork
28x29x2. Teabags, thread. 2015. (Sold)

Ancient Egress
144x36x2. Teabags, thread. 2015. $1500.

Acciaccatura
22x17. Ledger paper stained with tea, watercolor paint. 2016. $750.

Accolades
25x7x4. Ledger paper stained with tea. 2016. (Sold)

Hitherto
115x18x4. Cardboard boxes, wire, paint, paper. 2016. $1200.

Nine of Something
19x16x3. Cardboard boxes, paint. 2017. $850.

In Pieces
22x26. Paper, thread, kakishibu, tea dye. 2016. $1075.

F Natural
13x10x2. Cardboard boxes, paint. 2016. (Sold)

Urban Archeology II
13x28x3. Cardboard boxes, paint, wire. 2014. (Sold)

Botany
49x42x30. Wire, mulberry paper. 2017. $2700.

Ophidial
63x18x14. Mulberry paper, copper wire, thread. 2017. $1200.


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