July 2019 No 10

July 2019 No 10

July 2019 No 5

July 2019 No 5

January 2019 No 1

January 2019 No 1

Debra Vodhanel

Artist Statement

My work is process oriented and abstract. I start without a preconceived image. I pour, scrape, brush, wipe, and otherwise manipulate materials until layers of shape, color, texture, and gesture coalesce into something (perhaps incoherent) with a meaning hovering just below conscious identification. Something I have not seen before.

Challenge, calculated chance, and luck are all part of the process. It is not quite a straight, logical path from inception to resolution. It gets messy, disquieting, and, if the work succeeds, satisfying: a calming recognition of all I yearn toward knowing.

I work primarily with oil paints on gessoed wood panels and stretched canvas. Sometimes I also throw coffee, furniture polish, eggs, paint remover, gravel, latex, dry pigments, and linen into the mix.

Some panels are meant to be exhibited flush to each other, either horizontally or vertically, jelling into a work larger than you can take in all at once, meant to be scanned left to right and back again, much like a comic book. The sequencing may show how unconscious identifications change meaning over time. Or maybe not, depending on the viewer. Everything depends upon the viewer.

2’ x 4’ is my common size for individual panels, both horizontal and vertical.


I was trained as a painter at:
Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts: Atelier M. Nallard, Paris, France
Art Center College of Design: Pasadena, California
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture: Skowhegan, Maine

I have a B.A. Degree in Philosophy (U.C. Santa Cruz) and a M. A. Degree in Human Development (Pacific Oaks College).


"Vs." Group exhibit: Gallery 825; Los Angeles, California
August 17 - September 6, 2019
"Out There" Group exhibit: Gallery 825; Los Angeles, California
June 22 - June 28, 2019
"Perimeter VII" Group exhibit: Art Share LA; Los Angeles, California
November 10 - December 1, 2018
"Summer Salon" Group Exhibit: Art Share LA; Los Angeles, California
June 16 - July 10, 2018
"Out There" Group exhibit: Gallery 825; Los Angeles, California
June 8 - June 15, 2018