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About the Artist

  Artist Statement:


In my painting practice I work toward reparation of an existence that I would rather be predictable, secure, and purposeful. I love the tactile possibilities of what paint can do, how unfamiliar and surprising forms, texture, color can resolve a disoriented muddle of instinctive actions into a purpose-driven reflection of a reality that may only exist in my head.  I work toward uncovering my purpose.


I choose to have faith in the reality of my painting object, my art object. I have faith in its permanence. But I also doubt it will be permanent. And this is bewildering: what happens when the familiar is gone from view? When you have discarded all known ken of success? Intentions can only get you so far.


I refuse to prioritize accidental causation. I commit. I pour, scrap, brush, wipe, until the remaining layers of shape, color, and texture coalesce into something formally sensible, however strange it seems. Visually, formally, sensible. Usually something I have not seen before but somehow recognize. Something that contains a meaning hovering just below conscious identification, more powerful than anything I could consciously try to make. I don't know what it is but I know I want to know. I want to know what’s worth my while.


I was born in Los Angeles in the 1950s and I still live in Los Angeles. I have a B.A. Degree in Philosophy from U.C. Santa Cruz, and an M. A. Degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks. I was trained as a painter at Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts: Atelier M. Nallard, Paris, France; Art Center College of Design: Pasadena, California; and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture: Skowhegan, Maine.


Exhibitions: 


"Let's Hang@ArtShare Salon" Group Exhibit: ArtShareLA; Los Angeles, California 

December 2020


"Vs." Group exhibit: Gallery 825; Los Angeles, California 

August 17 - September 6, 2019


"Out There" Group exhibit: Gallery 825; Los Angeles, California

June 22 - June 28, 2019


"Perimeter VII" Group exhibit: Art Share LA; Los Angeles, California

November 10 - December 1, 2018


"Summer Salon" Group Exhibit: Art Share LA; Los Angeles, California

June 16 - July 10, 2018


"Out There" Group exhibit: Gallery 825; Los Angeles, California 

June 8 - June 15, 2018


Contact:

debrajoanvodhanel@gmail.com


Instagram:

#debravodhanelpaintings


Facebook:

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