Bio: Deborah Way is an artist living in western Massachusetts. She is currently working towards her MFA in Studio Art at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, with a projected graduation date of 2025. Previously, she completed an undergraduate degree in studio art at Hampshire College in 1994. In between now and then, she worked as an editor and writer, and has been making art and craft for herself and close contacts, participating in several local solo and group exhibitions over the years. 

About the work: My latest work tends to be about the often fraught relationship between two close beings. I am an identical twin, and through my abstract pieces I examine our shared history of struggling to define separate identities while maintaining a connection. At its core, the content is universally about relationships: who gets to define boundaries, how is a bond formed while maintaining separation? I’m also interested in societal notions of caretaking and the desire for emotional comfort. Materials such as fabric, wool, and papier-mâché are chosen either as familiar, touch-friendly parties or to call to mind apparel and the human form. I enjoy capturing weight and fluidity in a static shape, and exploring the tension between hard and soft, fuzzy and in-focus, and man-made versus organic.

Other important interests:

Environmental emergency.

Resistance and resilience.

Visual influences:

Cellular structure, diatoms, and maps.

Comfort objects.

Vintage textbooks.