After an influential career as a photographer, educator and writer, Deborah Bright began a serious drawing practice since moving to Brooklyn in 2012. Her drawings explore a queer visual language that pays homage to a range of sources, including early American modernists, Pop Art, Chicago Imagists and various feminist and eccentric artists. Neckties--traditionally signs of dominant masculine display--defy any gendered norms in these tightly constructed compositions as they dance and romance in, around, over and under fragmented planes and forms. The artist’s rendered left hand appears in a number of the works, making signs whose meanings are open to interpretation. Using the medium of colored pencil with layered, saturated color, Bright’s drawings are at once exuberant, trippy and deeply absorbing.
Bright's photographic works have been exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum; Schwules Museum, Berlin; Museet for Fotokunst, Copenhagen; Nederlands Foto Instituut, Rotterdam; Museum Folkwang, Essen; Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa; Cambridge Darkroom; Vancouver Art Gallery. Her works are in the collections of the Whitney Museum; National Museum of American Art; Addison Gallery of American Art; Fogg Art Museum; Boston Athenaeum; Rose Art Museum; California Museum of Photography. She has received grants and fellowships from Art Matters, National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, David and Reva Logan Foundation, Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute.