Joined JCC
2006
Department
Arts, Humanities, & Health Sciences
Primary Campus
Jamestown Campus
Location
ARSC
I find myself drawn to repetitive making...I enjoy the meditative nature of this slow unfolding of the work and the space it allows for ideas to fully manifest, for the threads of thought to untangle and re-weave themselves into new forms.
Adjunct Instructor, Studio Arts

“The resonances are dispersed on the different planes of our life in the world, while the repercussions invite us to give greater depth to our own existence.” – Bachelard

I am an internationally exhibited book and installation artist who works primarily with paper, text, and thread. Originally from Essex in the UK, I have been living and working in Jamestown for over 20 years. In addition to teaching as an adjunct at Jamestown Community College, I also teach for many other arts and cultural organizations, including Infinity, Cattaraugus County Arts Council, WNYBAC (Western NY Book Arts Center), and the Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland. I work with local cultural organizations as a peer mentor/creative coach and teach emerging artists about the "business" of being a working artist. I am the founder and creative co-director of Women Create, a biennial exhibition of women's art, and I enjoy curating when I get an opportunity.

I have been the recipient of several grants and awards, including recently: the Ray and Wynn Ritchie Evans Artist in the Community Grant, NYFA MARK Class of 2012, a Zonta Women in Leadership Award for services to women artists in the region, the YWCA Women of Achievement Award for Arts and Culture, a residency from the Turkey Land Cove Foundation, and an individual artist stipend from the United Arts Appeal. I also received the President's Award for Adjunct Faculty for the 2010-2011 academic year.

I find myself drawn to repetitive making; most of my work requires tens, even hundreds, of hours of intensive hand labor to create. I enjoy the meditative nature of this slow unfolding of the work and the space it allows for ideas to fully manifest, for the threads of thought to untangle and re-weave themselves into new forms.

For years I have been making work about the space occupied by women in society. Recently I have been thinking about how work and women are historically connected and especially with the uneasy space occupied by women’s handicrafts in the art world. My current work continues my concern with the space in which women work, and how work intersects with the domestic and the ideas of home. More simply, it is about weaving and threads, and how those activities are written into the mythos of women’s work. Working in this way I feel connected to the long history of women’s work which was handed down to me when my mother taught me how to embroider and sew.

Education
Degree Field of Study Institution
M.A. Visual Culture Northumbria University
B.F.A. Painting State University of New York at Buffalo
A.S. Studio Arts Jamestown Community College
Courses Taught
ART 1500: Introduction to Art
ART 1510: Drawing I
ART 1530: 2-D Design & Color
ART 1540: 3-D Design, Concepts, Materials
ART 1550: Survey of Visual Art: Prehistoric through Medieval
ART 1560: Survey of Visual Art: Renaissance through Contemporary
INT 1520: Student Success Seminar
Academic Interests
  • Domestic feminism
  • Arts and crafts movement and design reform
  • Victorian painting
  • Asylums and the treatment of insanity in the 19th century
  • Spiritualism
  • Utopias
  • "Women's work"
  • Hand-made paper
  • Book binding
  • Historic embroidery techniques
Publications

Eck, Debra. Mixed Media Art Magazine, 2014.

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