Deborah Claxton

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Extreme Paper
March 8 – May 3, 2008
Woodward Gallery

  • May Radiance, 2002
    Image: 29 1/2 x 36; 74.9 x 91.4 cm
    Framed: 40 7/8 x 47 inches; 103.8 x 119.4 cm
  • Governor of Day, 2007
    Image: 24 x 16 inches; 61 x 40.6 cm
    Framed: 27 3/8 x 33 3/8 inches; 69.4 x 84.8 cm
  • Governor of Night, 2007
    Image: 24 x 16 inches; 61 x 40.6 cm
    Framed: 27 3/8 x 33 3/8 inches; 69.5 x 84.8 cm
  • Farm from a Helicopter, 2005
    Image: 17 x 28 inches; 43.2 x 71.1 cm
    Framed: 27 3/8x 37 7/8 inches; 69.5 x 96.2 cm
  • Not Forgotten, 2007
    Image: 18 x 27 inches; 45.7 x 68.6 cm
    Framed: 27 3/4 x 37 1/2 inches; 70.5 x 95.3 cm
  • Silvergrass in Winter #1, 2005
    Image: 11 x 16 inches; 27.9 x 40.6 cm
    Framed: 27 3/8 x 33 3/8 inches; 69.5 x 84.8 cm
  • Silvergrass in Winter #2, 2005
    Image: 18 x 16 inches; 45.7 x 40.6 cm
    Framed: 27 1/2 x 25 1/8 inches; 69.9 x 63.8 cm
  • The Fifth Day #1, 2007
    Image: 23 x 32 1/4 inches; 58.4 x 81.3 cm
    Framed: 33 1/8x 41 7/8 inches; 84.1 x 104.5 cm
  • The Fifth Day #2, 2007
    Image: 19 3/4 x 33 3/4 inches; 50.2 x 85.7 cm
    Framed: 30 1/4 x 44 1/8 inches; 76.8 x 112.1 cm

Woodward Gallery is proud to present Deborah Claxton: Extreme Paper.

Deborah Claxton takes paper collage to the extreme! In her latest exhibition, Claxton fearlessly navigates the journey from millions of cells of cellulose to thousands of hand-cut bits of paper to a fate-map-directed, vision of nature.

Claxton’s technique will undeniably excite the most disenchanted critics of contemporary art.

The scientific, almost clinical, approach Claxton self-imposes is remarkable in order to achieve her unprecedented vision. Not simply a work on paper, each “paper painting” is performed under a large magnifying glass to precisely isolate the tiniest paper fragment. Claxton surgically sculpts groups of paper cells into a distinct new form in her artistic operation.

From the extreme process to her peaceful resolution, the countless individual paper bits are meticulously organized into a unique collage. Her paper is reawakened to fresh, colorful images inspired by her life and faith.