Deborah Baronas

Deborah Baronas

Artist Statement

When I was seven, I came home from school one day to find my father bulldozing a hole in the backyard. He and my uncles, cousins and neighbors built a 25' x 50' concrete block swimming pool.  If you ask me what heaven is, I will tell you that it is floating in that part of the pool between the deep end and the shallow end, watching my shadow drift and warp, and being suspended by the blue water and white sunlight.

This weightlessness and fluid elegance is not unlike that of a dancer, who can move through the air and across the ground with agility and grace.  I am also a dancer, and like swimming, the performance is a flight from reality and routine. It is comfort, freedom and solitude.I often combine translucent overlays of textiles and glass with my drawings and paintings in order to convey this sense of peace and to animate the abstract elements of water and air.

Here are some examples of her work.