Debra Pearlman is an artist that explores with her work the boundaries between painting and photography. “My work begins with photographs I have taken, frequently images of children, captured spontaneously. I see iconic gestures in everyday moments, though I am not necessarily aware of their meanings as I shoot. The resulting images often are ambiguous and open to various interpretations. A child might appear simultaneously vulnerable and powerful. These images become source material, from which I make large-format photographic prints”. In turn these prints are reworked into abstract paintings, revealing and uncovering meaning that interacts with the image. Pearlman works is also often textured with layers of glass beads, crushed glass or magma that both retracts and reflect the light, creating these unique images.
Pearlman’s work is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Brooklyn Museum; the New York Public Library; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; among others.