In my dual role as a painter and art historian, I see that artists often separate between that which is "intellectual" (the meaning, theory, thinking) and that which is "active" (the making, touching, transforming materials). In this mentorship, we work together to strengthen your reasons for making art and establish your daily art practice.
I have taught art theory to adult learners for more than ten years in Brazil and the United States. As a mentor of artists, I use theoretical thinking as a creative perspective, working to overcome the division between thinking and doing. It is not about "putting theory to practice" or learning "how to" use theory. Instead, it is about integrating the making and the meaning, recognizing the theoretical substrate that permeates the creative act. It is also about cultivating a fruitful theoretical experience, realizing the roots of our thoughts, and making conscious daily choices about which kind of knowledge we grow with our artmaking.
The mentorship is a four meetings package to be used for three months. We meet twice in the first month of mentorship to establish your basic theoretical paradigms, and then we work in the following months on specific creative goals according to your own needs. With the mentorship, we intend to help you identify, evaluate and integrate your theoretical perspective into your artmaking. This work elevates and nurtures the creative process and provides a container for intentional transformations.
“I feel comfortable attempting to relate my artworks to theory now that I have an understanding of what theory is to me.”
“Debora’s model has been extremely helpful towards achieving autonomy in my work.”
“The critical theory that Debora introduced to me is insightful and offers different perspectives in which I can approach my art.”
I've created and continue to produce the podcast Artist Praxis in partnership with artist Sarah Arriagada. You can hear the tone of conversations I enjoy sustaining with artists in these interviews. In our work together in mentorship, you can expect to experience in our calls the same kind of respect and curiosity that I present in the podcast.
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