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Debbi Kenote

Brooklyn, New York

Artist Statement

Formally rooted in abstraction, my paintings and drawings take on both natural and anthropomorphic forms. The works are playful, but also have an air of mystery and at times, elicit the feeling of peering into an unknown space. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, I was homeschooled at my parent’s farm, where I was able to create installations within the nature of the surrounding environment. Growing up in a rural area was serene, but isolating. It wasn’t until the age of 18 that I visited my first art museum. I often reference these memories of play in nature, and the imaginative worlds I created before being introduced to the idea of fine art. My paintings and drawings have a geometric underpinning, and are frequently divided by an outer border that surrounds a shape in the center. The bright shapes and upbeat borders are belied by darker forms that resemble dense forests. I choose to use light and color in ways that help to create distinct moods in the work. These precise transitions between inner and outer forms push the viewer to question if they are looking into—or out of—the works.

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Artist Biography

Debbi Kenote, b. 1991 is a New York based artist who received her MFA from Brooklyn College. She has shown her work throughout the U.S. including Page Bond Gallery, Deanna Evans Projects, Peep Space, the Peekskill Project, and Front Room Gallery. In 2019 she had her first solo exhibition at the Canvas by Querencia Studio in Brooklyn, New York. Kenote’s work has been published through Art of Choice and Page Bond Gallery. Kenote has been an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center, DNA Residency, Nes Artist Residency, and CAI Projects. She has curated exhibitions at Open House and the 2018 and 2019 SPRING/BREAK Art Show.



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