Deborah R. Grayson is an artist, researcher and writer who creates mixed media figurative sculpture and textile paintings inspired by African art and culture and its reverberations throughout the African diaspora.
My sculpture is an exploration of and a connection to spirit, magic, myth, and collective memory. Years ago, I began by making very basic figures – taking two simple shapes and sewing them together to create a form. Since then, I have progressively developed more dimensionally complex and expressive figures using cloth and clay. My creative process embraces deconstruction as part of creation and the unpredictable aspects of the materials I use to realize my artistic vision. I shape and carve details into the figures I create using my hands, needle, thread and wood and metal sculpting tools.
Grayson writes and details her creative process at: http://www.graysonstudios.com/blog/.
She currently lives and works in Atlanta, GA and Washington, DC.