Featured Artist: Deborah Caiola
Deborah Caiola is a painter and teaching artist. She is inspired to create art around the human condition, by challenging oppression and mainstream beliefs, listening with compassion, and building community. The forms that her work has taken have been interview-based portraiture and images of birds imbued with anthropomorphic ideas and concepts. Her Portrait of a Generation series is aimed at giving voice and visibility to eleven women who came of age before American women's rights became mainstream. Portraits in Emotion is a project Deborah facilitated whereby eleven artists whose lives have been touched by mental illness. She is currently working on a third interview-based portrait project about faith and feminism. Deborah has collaborated with the Trans-gression Artists' Collective, William Way Community Center, and currently teaches at Oasis Arts and Education, assisting adults with mental disabilities in creating art. Ultimately, Deborah's intention is to fill her work with empathy and compassion so that the viewers may find empathy and compassion for others and, most importantly, for themselves.
Video produced by Debbie Rudman (ACG '09)