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    Deborah Unger

    With a BFA in printmaking, I had always considered myself a two dimensional artist. I never felt particularly drawn to classical or even modern sculpture. However, I did have a passion for medieval sculpture. I find Romanesque, Gothic and Early Renaissance art, and particularly sculpture, very compelling. I love the arcane symbolism, the hierarchy of scale and the richness of detail and color. This, I believe is what lead me to working three dimensionally.
    One day I found a carving block in an art supply store and took it home. I was trying so hard to coax a figure out of it that I didn’t leave enough material for clothing. So I decided to sew my figure a dress and have been working that way ever since.
    I carve my figures from basswood using both hand and power tools. They are dressed in clothing for which I make the patterns and sew. The figures are carved in components in order to accommodate the clothing. They are then dressed and arms or legs attached and the clothing sewn closed. Often shadows are painted in.
    At first glance my figures may seem like simple dolls but each is set in a special environment or vignette meant to convey a situation or emotion. Houses and forests are reoccurring elements in which the figures are often set. I use metaphor to describe personal and relational conflicts, making them reminiscent of what one might experience in a dream. They can be interpreted as ironic, metaphoric or amusing.

    Résumé

    EDUCATION:__________________________________________________________________                                                                                                                                                   
    ADVERTISING ART SCHOOL, Portland Oregon        1982-1983
    CHEMEKETA COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Salem Oregon    1984-1985
    PACIFIC NORTHWEST COLLEGE OF ART, Portland Oregon. BFA in printmaking  1985-1988
    LIFE  EXPERIENCE:____________________________________________________________
    Shortly after graduating from PNCA, I moved to Germany, where I lived for nearly 20 years. In 2007 I returned to Oregon.
    GALLERIES:___________________________________________________________________
    Lunaria Gallery, Silverton, Oregon – I am currently a member there and have been since 2010
    RiverSea Gallery, Astoria, Oregon – Represented artist
    EXHIBITIONS:__________________________________________________________________
    “Works in Wood”, solo show at Borland Gallery, Silverton Oregon   9/2010
    “Function / Dysfunction”, two person show at Lunaria Gallery, Silverton Oregon 9/2011
    “Something Red”, group show for Artists in Action, Salem Oregon 12/2011
    “The Green Show”, group show at Cannon Beach Arts Association, Cannon Beach Oregon 1/2012
    “Radius 25”, group show at Salem Arts Association, Salem Oregon   5/2012
    “Against the Grain”, two person show at Lunaria Gallery, Silverton Oregon 11/2012
    “Something Red”, group show for Artists in Action, Salem Oregon 12/2012
    “Wild Women”, group show at River Gallery, Independence Oregon 1/2013
    “Matters of the Heart”, group show at Guardino Gallery, Portland Oregon 2/2013
    “Slightly Off Kilter”, two person show at Lunaria Gallery, Silverton Oregon 8/2013
    “Tracing the Tradition”, alumni invitational at Chemeketa Community College, Salem Oregon 11/2013
    Two person show in the Main Gallery at Guardino Gallery, Portland Oregon 7/2014
    “Heaven and Earth”, two person show at Lunaria Gallery, Silverton Oregon 11/2014
    “Little Things”, group show at Guardino Gallery, Portland Oregon 12/2014
    “Water Under the Bridge”, two person show at Lunaria Gallery, Silverton Oregon 7/2015
    “Day of the Dead”, group show, Guardino Gallery, Portland Oregon 10/2015
    “Little Things”, group show at Guardino Gallery, Portland Oregon 12/2015
    “Around Oregon Annual” group show at The Art Center, Corvallis Oregon 6/ 2016
    “Life Sized” two person show at Lunaria Gallery, Silverton Oregon 7/2016
    “Radius 25” group show at Salem Arts Association, Salem Oregon 7/2016
    AWARDS:______________________________________________________________________
    2nd and 3rd place in 3 D work, “Something Red” 12/2012
    Merit Award “Radius 25” 5/2012