© Debra Hampton

Elegance (Twisted) I, 2005
Magazine cut out and ink, 30 x 22 1/2 in, 76.2 x 57.15 cm

Debra Hampton
Monsters and Maidens

Priska C. Juschka Fine Art is pleased to present "Monsters and Maidens", Debra Hampton's new body of work. In collages and constructions, Hampton explores society's relentless inner-struggle between the forces of brutality and the desire for transcendental beauty.

In her work, Hampton emphasizes the innate aggression prevalent in today's culture - motivated by materialism and dominated by a tradition of escapism. She explores the effects of a dominating consumer culture and technological advances in relation to issues of race, gender and class.

The complex forms that Hampton has assembled in her collages and headdress constructions unearth the mischievous and deviant facets of their exquisite aesthetic nature. Upon close examination, one discerns the paradoxical elements of which these forms are composed - shreds of iconic beauty and power, embellished weaponry, elaborate motor parts, or diamond-studded jewelry shaped as guns and divine symbols. These striking figures entice and seduce the viewer at first, only to reveal later a more diabolical nature. While being pulled by numerous forces - sensuality, malice, passion, danger - the viewer is engaged in a journey of intricate contradictions captured from their own environment.

Debra Hampton is a native of California, and now lives and works in New York City. She holds a BA in Art History from California State University at Fullerton, and an MA in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University.

This is her second solo exhibition at Priska C. Juschka Fine Art (previous show: Streamline, December 2003). She has participated in numerous group exhibitions locally and internationally. She is also the recipient of several grants and fellowships. Her work has recently been added to the drawings collection of the Museum of Modern Art, NY.

Exhibition: March 23 - April 22, 2006
Gallery hours: Tues-Sat 11 am - 6 pm and by appointment

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