Picturing Death Project

Picturing Death Project, mixed medium installation (CSPS/Legion Arts), 2001

Deborah Boardman currently resides in Chicago. Boardman received her MFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston in 1987 and her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art in 1984. She taught at the University of Iowa from 1988-1994. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she has taught since 1997.

About her work, Deborah writes, "I see my work as a space for symbolic thinking. In the Picturing Death Project, I have created a series of installations in which individuals may contribute personal narratives on death and dying in provided journals, and participate in small group workshops facilitated by professional grief counselors from the field of hospice. I am fascinated with imagined spaces and narrative. My current paintings cull narrative imagery from fairy tales and art history, including Watteau, Kenneth Noland, and George and Doris Hauman. They operate on the level of symbolic dream, in which multiple spaces and realities intermingle. My intention is to practice painting in such a way that allows me to connect to the Divine in both process and imagery, and thus regard my work as an ongoing and evolving picture of consciousness."

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