Deborah Worsfold is a self-taught artist who has been represented by fine art galleries across Canada for more than two decades. After establishing herself as an accomplished landscape painter, she developed a distinctive language of abstract forms which she continues to explore, most recently through sculpture. Colour dynamics is prevalent in all of her abstract work; which have an affinity to the prismatic geometries of Robert and Sonia Delaunay, and Frank Stella.
“Painting is how I express my observations of the day. Writing about it may support the work historically or curatorially; however, at its greatest height, living with art is how it is meant to be experienced. Whether it is simple or more dynamic, is no matter, as all feeling is valid and like a person it reveals itself over time.
My new colour field painting supports my inclination to speak in a sensual and universal language. An optimistic mind and the human hand are shown in drawing of form and relationships in colour. I use pattern and composition to reference touch and human connection. The work hopes to provoke and encourage opening the mind. Creating pattern and breaking of rhythm speaks of human behaviour and intimacy. Rather then discuss angst and tragedy in the world as a child, I looked for truth and a brighter day. Through this I found I could create a world that stimulated me.
Growing up and moving often in rural southwestern Ontario was very insular and so the ability to make one’s own fun manifested in playing, building treehouses, furniture, drawing and painting. The stimulation of making the most of simple materials presented a puzzle and when solved provided great pleasure.
Even now, the power that comes in working intelligently and efficiently, is something I still prize to this day. Working minimally but also in rich abundance continues to fascinate and results in the range of motifs I pursue. While unlimited possibility poses risk and even fear, the passion felt in expressing, the challenge presented in resolve, is only paralleled with the satisfaction and excitement I find in viewing the life caught in the invention at completion. And so, it goes on.” - D.W