Deborah Kapoor is a Seattle-based artist who creates dimensional, haptic, mixed-media paintings, prints, sculpture and installations about the distilled poetry within cultural markers. She translates perceptual details of physical experience, examining the landscape of the body, sensual themes of the feminine, and embodiment of phenomena.
Kapoor’s interest in encaustic is heightened by the flexibility of the medium, pushing or stretching convention to incorporate dimensionality and materials that support the content of each body of work. Frequently she uses soft, natural materials such as fibers, threads, and cloth intentionally to reify the sensuous, and the corporal.
She has exhibited at M. David & Co. in Brooklyn, New York during Bushwick Open Studios, Tacoma Art Museum, Square Foot Art Basel Miami, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (Chicago), Trenton City Museum, the Crane Arts Center (Philadelphia), Kimball Art Center (Salt Lake City), Seattle City Hall, and university and commercial galleries. Her works have been published in magazines Fiber Art Now (2016), Surface Design Journal (Winter 2015/2016 issue) and books Encaustic in the Twenty-First Century (Ashley Rooney 2016), Experience Painting (high school art textbook by John Howell White, 2015), Authentic Visual Voices (Catherine Nash, 2013), The World Encyclopedia of Calligraphy (Holly Cohen Roochvarg & Christopher Calderhead 2012), Paper + Wax, Techniques for Combining Handmade Paper with Encaustic Paint (Michelle Belto 2012), and Encaustic with a Textile Sensibility (Daniella Woolf, 2010).
Recent curatorial efforts include Tenacious, a show about perseverance at Suzanne Zahr Gallery, Navigate at the Tashiro Kaplan Building about how six artists negotiate paths, and Intersections: natural, intuitive, intentional at Blakely Hall — about the crossover between nature and culture.
Kapoor has taught at Bainbridge Island Art Museum, Delaware Art Museum, Bellevue College, Columbia College, College of DuPage (Outstanding Faculty Award), Harper College, Kirkland Arts Center, Schack Arts Center, FEAST, Daniel Smith and Artist & Craftsman, Lawton Elementary School, KapKa Cooperative School, and The Peddie School, to name a few. She earned her MFA at the University of Delaware, and BFA at the University of North Texas. You can see more of her work at ArtXchange Gallery, Seattle.