Deborah Moss Marris

Deborah Moss Marris

    Gallery

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    Bluestone Fine Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Hardcastle Gallery, Wilmington, Delaware


    Paintings

    Artist's Biography

    Deborah Moss Marris is an artist, teacher, and designer who lives in New Jersey. Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions, and is included in the permanent collections of the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Wills Eye Hospital, AECom, and Korn Ferry International in Philadelphia, and Artists Representing Environmental Art in New York. She is represented by Bluestone Fine Art Gallery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Hardcastle Gallery in Wilmington, Delaware.

    As a designer, Deborah Moss Marris has created pieces for NFL Films, QVC, NBC Sports, and was a featured Artist/Designer for ABC Carpet & Home. Along with being an Adjunct Professor at Camden County College, she heads the Visual Art program at Westfield Friends School in Cinnaminson, New Jersey. Deborah Moss Marris received her BFA from Moore College of Art and Design, an MFA from Syracuse University, and is the recipient of three Ford Foundation Grants.

    Artist's Statement

    I am a multimedia artist, designer, and teacher. My botanical abstract paintings are generated from collaging and layering images and materials. This “stacking” speaks to my personal experiences through the passage of time, memories I have collected, observations of my surroundings, and my current state; a place of scrutiny, indecision, and tension. Painting becomes a melding of various dispositions, which occasionally result in moments of lucidity. The foundation of a work begins as a figurative drawing or painting. I am drawn to plants, flowers, and organic natural subjects. The earth is filled with solid, structurally marvelous forms and colors, that I observe and interpret. The subjects are often things I have found, or collected. These materials may be in full flower, beautiful in their perfection, but are just as likely to be the overlooked, broken, decayed, spent. A second layer may contain the suggestion of landscape; mist, condensation, or debris. The work is also rooted in explorations of form, space, color, and light. Various materials are built up, scraped away, exposed, and manipulated. Some areas consist of delicate transitions, others harsh, and abrupt. I use plaster, stucco, ink, gilt, and glazes which I have grown familiar with through my experience as a decorative artist, and incorporate them alongside watercolors, oils, and wax mediums. A traditional sketchbook and and a tablet are employed to develop imagery for paintings. At a certain point in the development of a picture, the piece becomes clear enough that I continue the work intuitively. Paul Klee once said, “becoming is superior to being”. My work portrays self-reflection and growth, as well as the reality of the artist; never knowing, but continuing on.

    Selected Exhibitions

    Solo
    Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
    Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY
    Seton Hill College, Greensburg, PA
    Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
    Zenith Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
    Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA
    Center for the Arts in Southern New Jersey, Marlton, NJ
    Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, PA

    Group
    Center for Contemporary Art, Pittsburgh, PA
    In Celebration of Women Artists International, Copenhagen, Denmark
    International Furniture Show, Highpoint, NC
    Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania State College, College Park, PA
    National Drawing and Small Sculpture Exhibition, Art Gallery, Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX
    The Print Club, Philadelphia, PA
    Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA
    Wearable Art, Wadsworth Gallery, Bryn Mawr, PA

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    Professional Experience

    Camden County College, Blackwood, NJ
    Adjunct Professor

    Westfield Friends School, Cinnaminson, NJ
    Art Department Head

    Marris Design LLC, Pennsauken, NJ
    Principal

    Awards & Honors

    Mutual of New York Award for Drawing
    Ford Foundation Grants (3)
    Syracuse University Fellow

    Commissions

    Public
    AECom, Philadelphia, PA
    NFL Films, Moorestown, NJ
    ABC Sports, Hartford CT
    ABC Carpet and Home, NY
    Korn Ferry International, Philadelphia,PA

    Various Private Commissions

    Collections

    Scaife Gallery/ Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
    Snyder, Rose,& Genter, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
    Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
    Dorothea Silverman AREA, New York, NY
    Commercial Properties, Philadelphia, PA
    Pennsylvania Hospital, Cherry Hill, NJ
    RCCA, Samson Cancer Center, Moorestown, NJ

    Education

    Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
    MFA

    Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA
    BFA