Deborah Gavel

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Deborah Gavel
​Word
encaustic, silver leaf, oil, mixed media on panel
24” x 24”

Value: $3,000        Opening Bid: $550         Current Bid: $575

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About Deborah

“At the prelude of this show, I will be en route to Italy and a dream come true to see Venice. This painting is a tribute to Venice and the opportunity to see La Biennale di Venezia. I have worked on this panel for a long time, twelve years in fact. I was not entirely satisfied with it at each stage but through the years I have returned to it, scraped it back and revised it again and again. It finally came together for me as a prelude to my journey. This years Biennale title, The Encyclopedic Palace, curated by the NY's New Museum curator, Massimiliano Gioni, was inspired by a fellow Italian, Marino Furiti. His 1950's vision of a building where all the knowledge of the world would be contained was conceived to be built on the National Mall in Washington DC. It was never realized but the original architectural model will be on display in one of the pavilions of the Biennale. For the Futurist, Furiti, this complete body of knowledge housed in a single building seemed quite plausible. Presumably it would have been a world library filled with books. Today, in the age of electronic information exchange, perhaps all we need is a virtual library.

When Julia Mandeville came to pick up this piece at my studio, I asked her what "WORD" meant to her. She said, "Everything." I like that. Yes, it can mean your favorite book or film, a poem, the dictionary, an encyclopedia of knowledge, life, death yes, everything. Moreover, "WORD" is you, as your refection moves through it as you move between it and the light. You are WORD.”

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HARWOOD STORIES

Karen Mazur
Karen Mazur

Former Harwood Artist


I occupied 3 different Harwood spaces from 2001-2005. 3 different spaces, 3 different lifetimes and across media. Sometimes my studio was a graphic arts workshop, sometimes a painting studio, sometimes a production pottery shop, but being there was always wonderful. From late nights preparing materials for art students to mornings doing pre-natal yoga while I waited for the older child to be done with his work at Escuela del Sol, it is wonderful to reflect on all the art adventures I’ve had over the years at Harwood. The very first night I lived in Albuquerque was spent at a film progam at Harwood  and from that moment I knew this was an organization I wanted to be involved with. Twelve years later, I have two children at Escuela del Sol and, while I now have a studio space at home, I live a mere block and a half away…

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