AVIANTO, an exhibition of Deborah Kruger’s environmental artwork will be on display in the Joan Derryberry Gallery at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, TN from August 17 – September 14, 2023.
The artist will give a Gallery Talk at the exhibition closing on Thursday September 14th at 5pm and welcomes the college and local community to attend.
AVIANTO focuses on Deborah Kruger’s recent work, which is motivated by the extinction of bird species, and the loss of indigenous languages around the world. Climate change and relentless consumption contribute to these problems.
Saturated colors characterize Kruger’s work and often mimic bird plumage. She hopes to raise awareness, and inspire action about these impending losses that affect all of us.
“The feathers in my abstract wall reliefs are made from recycled plastic, which serve to remind us how corporate greed, coupled with our unquenchable consumption, drive the loss of habitat that contributes to these extinctions.” The feathers in this exhibition are hand silk-screened with images from Kruger’s drawings of endangered birds and overprinted with text in endangered languages such as Yiddish, Tzotzil, Yakme, Zoque, and Ladino, whose last living speakers are in steep decline.
About the Artist – Pattern and decoration have inﬂuenced Deborah Kruger’s work since her training in textile design at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York. She has exhibited her work in museums and galleries in the USA, Europe, Australia and Mexico since the 1980s. Kruger’s environmental artwork has recently been acquired by the Museum of Arts & Design (MAD) in New York City.