Dee Dee Does Utopia
Dee Dee Does Utopia is a series of varnished works on paper. Lawrence researched failed utopias throughout United Express, and as with previous projects, inhabiting the work through a fictitious alter ego named Dee Dee Lorenzo. Integrating text, graphics, and allusions to traditions such as American quilting and stitchery, the collage-like works in Dee Dee Does Utopia are inspired by the instigations and political aesthetics of the Dadaists and Surrealists.
Deborah Faye Lawrence’s satirical mixed-media artworks have been published and exhibited at venues including Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery, Lincoln Center in New York, Provisions Library Resource Center for Activism and the Arts in Washington, DC, Northwestern Museum of Arts & Culture in Spokane, and many commercial and nonprofit galleries. She’s received awards from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Council, WESTAF/NEA, Seattle Art Museum, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and California Arts Council, and more. Lawrence’s full-color artist’s monograph, Dee Dee Does Utopia, was published in 2008 by Marquand Books, Inc. In 2008, Lawrence was invited to create an ornament for the George Bush White House Christmas Tree; she collaged the word “impeachment” on it and, when the ornament was hung, a national media frenzy ensued. Former art faculty at Seattle University and Lesley University, Deborah lives with her husband in Seattle.