Although known primarily for her figurative work, Deborah Holcombe, artist, sonographer, and collector of curious objects, has spent the last year creating “The Refraction Series.” The focus of interest in “The Refraction Series” is not the objects that fill the canvas but what can’t be touched: light, refraction, reflection, shadow and how the application of marks and color describes these things to our eyes.
Although “The Refraction Series” joins together everyday objects, such as a napkin and a bread knife, and glass objects such as wine bottles and wine glasses, there are elements of mystery and discord: How did the wine glass break? Was the bread knife used for something other than slicing bread? And what happened to the person mixing cognac and pills? The mystery of unseen actions in these paintings creates both a narrative and questions for the viewer.
Holcombe, born and raised in Hopewell, NJ, spent a decade in New York City before moving to Yonkers, NY where she lives a family- and art-oriented life with her spouse, her two wards, Robert and Barbara, and an eclectic menagerie of rescued pets. She is a collector of children’s books, vintage medical illustrations and some scary-looking antique medical instruments. Holcome has traveled extensively, including living and studying in Rome. Once a year, Holcombe creatively recharges on the scenic island of Vieques, Puerto Rico.
Holcombe is a graduate of the Tyler School of Art, Temple University with a BFA and has exhibited in many solo and group shows. Many of her paintings and commissions are in private collections.