Deborah Dudley

Deborah Dudley | CV

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, the fourth of five children of Civil Rights activists and community organizers, Deborah Dudley's environment is and has always been a rich mixture of story telling, critical and creative thinking and activism. It is this mixed environment that informs her creative process and work as an artist.

Dudley's creative practice runs parallel to her professional career in graphic design and creative direction for publishers, international non-profit legal advocacy organizations and universities. In her work as a visual artist, I use photographic, mixed media, and virtual vocabularies to tell stories and begin dialogues on social, political, and personal areas of interest.

After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis in 1989 with a BFA in photography and a BA in Art History, she moved to Cairo, Egypt where she worked as a teacher and artist for two years. During the summer of 1990 Dudley apprenticed with artist Nikos Avraamedes, a photographer living and working in Limassol, Cyprus. Avraamides' work of intricate still life composed for the camera influenced a shift in her work to more complicated composed images for contact prints in the darkroom as well as her beginning in the exploration of collage as a medium for drawing.

Dudley has lived and worked in diverse locations including Berlin, Chicago, San Francisco, and New York City. After the birth of her two children, she relocated to Potsdam, NY in 2005. With the addition of larger studio space and a new community of diverse artists, Dudley has refocused on a creative practice and renewed her commitment to becoming part of a larger dialogue and exchange of ideas on contemporary culture through artistic expression.