Site-specific mini-sculpture, 2013

Site-specific mini-sculpture, 2013


Based in Toronto, Deborah is an independent artist, curator and designer, with a background in art and architecture. She completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture at the University of Waterloo, and a Master of Fine Arts at OCAD University.

Deborah is Artistic Director and co-founder of the Toronto Design Offsite Festival, co-founder of FEAST Toronto (a series of community dinners and micro-funding events supporting local art and design), a former co-curator of Come Up To My Room (2009-2012), a senior designer for superkul, and occasionally makes work as one half of the collaborative Elsworthy Wang. She has curated and co-curated exhibitions for the Textile Museum of Canada, Gladstone Hotel, XPACE Cultural Centre, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Women’s College Hospital, and Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects; presented her art and design work as a guest speaker in academic and cultural forums; and taught exhibition design at Ryerson University.


Deborah’s (near recent) research lies in artistic practices of walking, site-specific installation, and participatory art forms, while her practice attempts to bring together the role of the artist, architect, and curator through a series of drawings as instructions for movement, as well as through more traditional forms of art and exhibition making. With Projects for the City, Deborah is interested in the use of the map and tour as a potential tactic for curating the city; the creative and generative aspects of notation; and how people can investigate and activate the urban landscape by walking it.

Projects for the City research contributed to Deborah’s MFA thesis: Mapping Place: Notation in Peripatetic Art Practice.

Projects for the City was created in 2010, and is based in Toronto, Canada.

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