The nature of transformation has always fascinated me and continues to be a focus within my art practice, acting and therapy. My childhood games often involved creating environments and taking on new identities whilst transforming objects and spaces into new worlds. Alice in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass were key influences. I was always drawing and creating characters and places, whether on visually or in play.
Following an art foundation in Kent, I won a scholarship to study performance at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts in London, after which I worked as an actress for a number of years and do still. I supplemented my studies with a range of creative courses at The City Literary Institute. During a change in circumstances in the mid 90’s I was accepted for the BA in Fine Art, Painting at Central Saint Martins. Whilst there my artwork was selected and exhibited at the British Institute in Milan, for The King Sturge Art Prize and was exhibited for the Mercury Music Awards album cover. Student curators from the Courtauld Institute also approached me to exhibit.
Following graduation and whilst pregnant, I studied professional development and took a teaching diploma at Kensington and Chelsea College. After the birth of my daughter Tiggen, I painted and exhibited for a number of years. When life events caused another change I trained as a therapist and worked in a range of jobs, including teaching, therapy and occasional acting. I also approached Plus One Galleries with my portfolio and was offered a two person show. As with us all, ongoing life events have created more challenges and changes all of which I believe feed into our work.
A few years ago I attended some courses at The Prince’s Drawing School and The Art Academy in London, with the aim of resome skills in working from direct observation, I then discovered I was particularly interested in portraiture. This new direction is shown by a number of the short portrait studies and drawings in my Portrait and Drawings and Development Galleries on this website.
Direct experience whether tangible or sensed continues to inspire me with an emphasis on ideas relating to nature, science, physics, psychology and philosophy.
An associated website I created a few years ago may be acessed from this site, with artwork that evolved as an artist-in-residence with theatre companies during their rehearsal period to performance. Also included on the site are improvised sketches and paintings relating to characters and narratives. All of which at some point I hope to develop further. It can be accessed from this link: www.deborahpearse.com/articulate
I believe that shifts in our perception of reality allow us to transform ourselves; in order to achieve this effectively we must allow ourselves to become actively immersed.
The immersive space, place or perceptual framework is where the artist and then observer may meet and participate. Being ‘in the moment’ can take place – you can enter the flow, Chi or however you choose to express it. Within this flow state the real act of creation may occur.
In each of my series, I utilise forms and structures to explore change that occurs when objects interact, or pass from one state to another. I am interested in the effect an object and a subject have on each other; how this interaction causes them both to undergo transformation, and the degree to which such alteration persists, or leaves traces of change.
“Every pattern has its own extension – it contains and is is contained by another pattern – The whole never loses the essential unity of the pattern whilst the parts exhibit the contrast arising from the novelty of their detail.”1
I play with spatial depth, surface, edges and boundaries, shifting clarity and focus whilst attempting to create a sense of dynamic movement.
My use of colour often reflects mental, emotional or sensory choices. It also connects to my attempts to express my interest in and experience of synaesthesia; the interaction and cross fertilisation between different sense modalities.
“ It appears as if the science of the future will no longer need any firm foundations, that the metaphor of the building will be replaced by the web, or network, in which no part is more fundamental than any other part.”2
2 Uncommon Wisdom – Fritjof Capra Physicist and systems theorist, director of the Center for Ecoliteracy, California. Published The Tao of Physics which parallels ancient mystical traditions and 20th century physics; and The Hidden Connections which extends his theory to the challenges and dangers of economic globalization.