Astonished Discoveries

I put my foot on the gas and just drove by Deb Goldstein
13″x13″; mixed media collage. Courtesy of the artist and Rice/Polak Gallery


Astonished Discoveries: Deb Goldstein

at Rice Polak Gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts, USA
25 July-14 August 2019

The visual landscape in collage shows continual decisions between the conscious and subconscious. This is reflected in Deb Goldstein’s work. She works organically from the paper and objects that are present in her sights. There are no preconceived ideas in context or composition. She arranges and rearranges and builds a story out from a central image. She adds signature elements that give depth and layering to create complex images while following the order of line. The objects and paper come together to evoke a sense of age, memory and time. They are delicate, subtle and mysterious. Deb has traveled extensively to gather ephemera and objects from all over the world. A piece may center around a handwritten letter from Rome or a glass slide from Paris.

Goldstein says abou her process: “It’s a simple formula in Collage, 1 + 1 = 3. Disparate images and objects are put together to transform into a new visual perception. And when it works and I stand in my studio and exclaim ‘Yes!’. I am continually astonished at how finding the right two pieces together further its meaning.

“These revelations also happen in our lives – when realizations in certain moments transform into clarity and astonishment. It is in that spirit, that my work in this show explores this idea in the context of revelations about time, language, memory, weather, feminism, power, intellect, sexuality, knowledge, patterns, food, flight and freedom.

“Stand back. Look closely. Each is meant to tell a story that is up to the viewer to interpret.”

Goldstein was Artist in Residence in Farnese, Italy, May 2013. Working as a mixed media artist for more than 20 years, her work is in many private collections. Her work was part of “Unfoldingobject”, curated by Todd Bartel, at Concord Art in Concord, Massachusetts.

Additional artists featured in this exhibition include the photographs of Susan Mikula and the oil paintings of Rene Romero Schuler and Willie Little.

(adapted from the gallery’s press materials)


Rice Polak Gallery
430 Commercial Street
Provincetown, Massachusetts 02657 USA
(508) 487-1052

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