Elizabeth Kilduff, Director

The Chazan Gallery is pleased to present TRIBES, a solo exhibition featuring the works of Deborah Baronas, from December 7 to December 21, 2018.  There will be an opening reception for the artists on Friday, December 7, from 5:00 - 7:00. The public is invited.

Deborah Baronas, Paratroopers, 2017

Deborah Baronas makes artwork about work—the American workers, past and present, who are the bedrock of our diverse culture. Whether the subjects are mill workers, farmers, domestic servants, or soldiers, whether they were American born or immigrants, the focus remains the same: to capture their spirit, tenacity, and hope. Recent commissions for the Rhode Island Veterans Home and the Rhode Island State Police afforded Baronas the opportunity to study their cultures.    As Baronas puts it: “They seem to me like tribal societies and it is fascinating the way they work together.  Community and family, tradition, loyalty and a sense of responsibility for others, characterize their social and philosophical make up.  I wish we all could be so connected in common purpose.” Her work is also about the passage of time, and the challenge of moving through changing circumstances without losing touch with our heritage: “It is my belief that the interaction between art and history can speak to people on many levels.” She uses multiple layers to create a sense of depth, space, time, and movement. Etched glass and translucent fabric panels, cast shadows on paintings and drawings. As viewers move through the exhibits, the patterns and colors shift, animating the figures and transforming the light. The work is also designed to evoke a personal, private response. Storytelling is central, but the tales are suggested rather than detailed: “I believe this ambiguity allows people to connect with the work on a deeply personal level.”

Deborah Baronas, War, 2017

Deborah Baronas studied textile design and painting at the Rhode Island School of Design. Based on her own work experience and family heritage, she explores the condition of the American worker and landscape. Deborah worked as a textile designer and creative director in the textile industry in New York City, Los Angeles and Europe working with designers and fabric manufacturers in global fashion centers.  As as a result of the textile industry moving off shore and mills closing, Deborah began a visual documentation of the history of that industry.  This led to studies of other industries, workers and communities. She designs site specific installations that produce interactive environments with scrims, paintings, video, music and photography.  Her work is based on personal interviews, portraits of her subjects and archival materials. Deborah lives and works as a design consultant and fine artist in Rhode Island



For further information, please contact Elena Lledó at elenalledo@chazangallery.org.