My obsession with collecting found ephemera, discarded objects, and wooden boxes provide me with the tools necessary for creating visual commentary on contemporary issues. These topics take the form of intimate narratives set in mixed media box assemblage and collage. I thrive on the beauty of decay, which I find in the multiple layers and rich textures of old books, antique photographs, rusted objects, and organic matter. Combined, these once detached items are now linked together in a confined space presented in a voyeuristic manner.
Once the viewer is drawn into the narrative, the intent is to create both internal and external discussion based on the situations and symptoms of our social, political, religious and domestic lives.
Deborah Feiste is a mixed media collage and assemblage artist. A native of Connecticut, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Painting from the University of Connecticut. She served on the faculty at the University of Connecticut Community School of the Arts and Quinnebaug Valley Community College in Connecticut, and the John Waldron Arts Center in Bloomington, Indiana.
She moved to South Carolina in 1995 where she founded and served as Executive Director of The Arts Center, a non-profit community arts organization located in Clemson, South Carolina.
Feiste has held faculty positions at various private educational institutions in South Carolina. She also served on the South Carolina Botanical Gardens Gallery Selection Committee, and as a working member of the Caffeine Contemporary Art Forum.
She has curated and exhibited extensively throughout the southeast and has work in private and corporate collections throughout Indiana and Upstate South Carolina.
Feiste is currently a member of The International Society of Assemblage and Collage Artists, National Collage Society, Atlanta Collage Society and the Metropolitan Arts Council. Her studio is located in Central, South Carolina and her current work focuses on narrative themes as they relate to social, political, and cultural issues.