Artist Statement

 Debra Lott

 
Artist Statement

 

For most of my art career, I have created oil paintings and drawings of figures, almost always female- they are inspired by the female form and promote the advancement of women, some as social commentaries on the objectification and abuse of women. In hindsight, I see both aspects have always come into play - either knowingly or unconsciously.
I consider myself a feminist artist. There is a part of me in each of my paintings as well as a
shared female experience. I illustrate the lives that are not just my own, but that of my family,
friends and all women. My work transcends generations, ethnicity, socio-economic levels, and
age.

Some of my painting series have included:
The marginalized woman of advanced age - paintings that brought recognition to her physical and spiritual beauty. These mega-sized portraits were inspired by elderly women in local nursing homes and then exhibited publicly. Another series satirized the media’s portrayal of flawless, unattainable feminine ideals. This source material inspired me to take my work in an experimental direction, including loose, thicker brushstrokes, distortion and digitization which added an emotional, psychological dimension to these paintings. In my most recent body of work, paintings were created in the context of the # METOO movement, depicting the pivotal moment that women broke free from the culture of sexual harassment. My inspirations (models) were actual survivors, helping to break the silence of sexual abuse. The ribbons flowing through the paintings, surrounding the women and covering their mouths, were symbolic of bondage and the silenced voices of victims. The ribbons were the visual representation of sexual harassment and abuse. My subject matter and theme drive my choice of style and technique which has included naturalism, expressionism, semi-abstraction and figurative distortion. I’m especially interested in using creative methods and materials to advance my techniques. I’ve used many surfaces and materials including mylar, lokta paper, collage and resin. I experiment first and then choose what I feel best supports and communicates the women and the message. Many cultures are conditioned to think of women as the weaker sex. In the art that I’m producing now I hope to reflect women as an uplifting, empowering force that through solidarity will shape the future.