2015 Twining Humber Award Recipient Deborah Faye Lawrence’s satirical collages will be shown in a solo exhibit titled Strumpet of Justice opening at BONFIRE Gallery in Seattle’s Chinatown International District.
Featured in Strumpet of Justice are Deborah’s signature collage works that serve as a reflection of the artist’s long-time concern towards contemporary politics and social issues, which she describes as “a force that drives my work regardless of who has hijacked the presidency.”
A member of Seattle University’s MFA faculty, Deborah also teaches collage making to community groups and public school students. In addition to receiving a Twining Humber Award from Artist Trust, Deborah was awarded multiple Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) and Fellowships.
One of her awards helped to produce “Eighty Words,” two affordable five-hour feminist collage workshops. Open to the public, the two workshops used Deborah’s list consisting of 80 gender-specific words meaning “bad woman” to engage in conversations about language bias among its female, male, and LGBTQ participants.
In 2008, Deborah received national attention for her “impeachment ornament,” which she created for the White House, upon invitation from former First Lady Laura Bush. The full story about the controversial bulb, which briefly decorated the White House’s Christmas tree, can be viewed here.
“These days, I keep my scissors extra-sharp, taking heed from the words of Bertolt Brecht: ‘Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it,’” comments Deborah on her upcoming show.
The opening reception for Strumpet of Justice will be held on Wednesday, August 3 from 6-8 PM at BONFIRE gallery with an artist talk beginning at 7 PM. For more information about the show, contact Bill Gaylord of BONFIRE Gallery by email or phone at 206/790-1073.
BONFIRE gallery is located in the historic Panama Hotel, a six-story building in Nihonmachi (Japantown), an area in the Chinatown International District. During WWII, the basement of the Panama stored the belongings of dozens of Japanese-American families who were sent away to internment camps. More information about the Panama Hotel can be found on the Wing Luke Museum’s website.