THE GRRLZ HAVE NAMES! Click on the Gourd-geous Grrlz page to see their new identities (and prices).
Thank you to everyone who visited us at Open Studios. You made it a special weekend for us.
Congratulations to "Misty" (shown right) for winning a 2019 KVIE auction Juror's Award and a Master Artist award.
Also, Congratulations to "Pavlova" for winning an Award of Merit at the 2019 California State Fair, Fine Arts division.
Debra Kreck-Harnish is a Northern California artist who has lived, worked, and traveled throughout the United States and Europe. She has worked as a web designer and wedding/resort photographer.
Debra attended the Institut für Europӓische Studien in Vienna, Austria. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science from Alfred University in New York. She is a lifelong creative recycler: “trash,” she believes, “is simply a failure of imagination.” Over the past ten years, Debra has put her imagination to work, building complex and eloquent mixed-media assemblages out of discarded objects.
"Misty" (2019 KVIE Art Auction Juror's Award), "Pavlova" (2019 California State Fair Award of Merit) and“Virginia” (2018 KVIE Art Auction Juror’s Award) are part of her Tutu Much Fun series: full-sized tutus built from cast-off department store mannequins, handmade, painted, and stamped papers, and discarded maps.
The Grrlz is Debra’s latest series of assemblages, named for her women friends. This series began when she found a beautiful and unusual teapot that suggested a woman’s torso. The next piece to be added was a lovely bowl for the skirt and voila! “Kathleen,” and a new series, was born.
Other assemblages comment on the current political landscape. “Lives In The Balance” and “Assault On Liberty” are part of Debra’s Political Perspective series where she re-imagines iconic statues such as The Statue of Liberty and Blind Justice. “Assault On Liberty” embodies Debra's layered assemblage esthetic: gelatin mold, strainer, kitchen cutting tools, photo frames, a gourd for the head, barbed wire wrapping, and an overall copper patina.
“I don’t set out to create a particular piece of art. Rather, it evolves over time and, on occasion, will completely surprise me. I am by nature an experimenter and tinkerer who always asks, “What if I did this to that?” Major ingredients in my art are humor and whimsy, although I do have a serious side. When they look at my work, I want people to smile, but also to reflect.”