Enriching the Arts

Debra Bachman



The Dresser (Leona Brausen), 2010. Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

Debra Bachman works in the arts, design, and business worlds. She completed open studies studio and art history coursework at the University of Alberta. She also has a Diploma from Grant MacEwan College in design arts and has studied portrait painting at Red Deer College. She has been involved with numerous exhibitions throughout Edmonton. By combining her skills, she has become an accomplished graphic designer, brand manager and artist.

Her artwork appears in the TREX exhibition Portraiture.

Her piece is part of a series titled In Search of Lost Time (after Marcel Proust’s literary masterpiece), which was exhibited in 2011 at the Visual Arts Alberta Gallery in Edmonton.

“In this work I explore memory and the illusion of permanence through the lens of portraiture. These mixed media works weave a dialogue between photography and painting in the spirit of Romanticism, longing for a past ideal, both beautiful and magical. The themes of recapturing lost time and the figurative nature of memory have been captured in the process of creating this work. The paintings have been layered, eroded, sanded, and scraped over a period of several years. The process involved in painting them is really what you are reading… This is a painting of Leona Brausen, actress, playwright, and costume designer in Edmonton, Alberta. In general, this portrait explores the fugitive nature of reality. […] Interwoven and eroded layers and her costuming suggest separate time periods, honoring her as a link and participant in the long history of the theatre.”

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