Debbie Kupinsky

Artist Statement

My work explores the mediation experience through objects and images. Everyday objects and natural forms come together in an investigation of everyday life, identity and experience. Found objects, cast replicas and hand formed pieces ask viewers to consider the passage of time, the nature of memory and how materials influence the reading of narratives. Shadow and implied movement create added layers of visual perceptions of the work. The objects in the works are unmoored from their original contexts and presented as pieces within a larger tableau. Each viewer brings their own experience and relationship to these objects to their interpretation of the works.

As a plastic material, clay lends itself to recording the time and movements of the hand and body, drawing objects and images in clay is a way of transforming the ordinary. The teacups, bottles and cheap toys become meditative objects that retain the tactile marks of the time and process of making. Forms and images remain unfinished and sketched while retaining their specific reference. For me these act as metaphors for the nature memory and the ways in which we reform events and emotions across time and space.

-- Debbie Kupinsky



Debbie Kupinsky received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and her MFA from Louisiana State University.Her creative work often explores the way we mediate experience through objects and the intersection between the human and natural world. She has been a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, The Appalachian Center for Crafts in Smithville, TN and the Arts in Industry program at Kohler in Sheboygan, WI. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Long Beach Museum of Art and The Archie Bray Foundation among others. She shows her work nationally, internationally and regionally and is currently an Assistant Professor in sculpture at St Norbert College in De Pere, WI and maintains a studio in Appleton, WI.