Artist bio

Dr. Deborah Kuster has been involved in the field of art education for over 40 years, having taught art to all ages in schools and museums. She retired from her position as Professor of Art Education at the University of Central Arkansas in 2019. Her art is made from her personally hand-woven textiles and includes both two- and three-dimensional works. Her art has been in numerous regional and national exhibitions and is featured in multiple issues of the national publication Art Quilting Studio. She is currently in three Studio Art Quilts Associates (SAQA) Global Traveling Exhibitions, Musica!, Opposites Attract, and Beyond the Mirror. More information can be found at www.deborahkuster.com.

Title

Strengthened

Medium/Genre

Sculpture

Artist Statement

I create my art by cutting and piecing fabrics that I have previously handwoven on my Gilmore floor loom. I make two- and three-dimensional artworks, and have been creating vessels since 2016. My handwoven, pieced, formed, and embellished vessels have “feet” of clay. They are tenderly made to suggest our human experience, one of brokenness and weakness, yet beloved and redeemed by God.

How it fits into contest

Ephesians 6:10 begins with “be strong” or “be strengthened” just as Paul had prayed earlier in Eph 3:16 that out of His glorious riches God may strengthen us with power through His Spirit.
My vessel titled "Strengthened" twists as it presses upward on its clay, earthbound feet. It has gaps and weak areas held up by crystal beads representing His unseen, but supporting Spirit. I always want my flawed vessels to have a beauty. I embellished and filled in and even emphasized the “weak” areas to suggest the truth that it is when we are weak, that we are strong (2 Cor.12:10).

Credits

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How to Purchase this Artwork

Strengthened is original work created in 2020.
Media: Handwoven textiles, glass beads, terracotta clay,
Processes: Weaving, machine and hand piecing and sewing, beading.
Contact me through email: debkuster@yahoo.com
Purchase from me directly or through galleries when work is on exhibition.

Other Goods & Services Available from this Artist

requested teacher workshops, retreats, and other community, church, or non-profit organization events.

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