disruption gets a book cover

March 2nd, 2017|Art, Fiber / mixed media|Comments Off on disruption gets a book cover

I’m super excited to see my piece disruption on the cover of this book. They’ll be sending me a copy, which I can’t wait to read. Here’s what it’s about:

Public Things: Democracy in Disrepair
by Bonnie Honig

  • Examines the rise of neoliberalism by focusing not on the demos but on the objects of democratic life.
  • Asks what becomes of democracy when the things of public life–schools, parks, monuments, utlilities and services–all become privatized.
  • Attends to the historically racial character of public things and how the erosion of democracy disproportionately affects on indigenous populations in particular.



I don’t usually feel comfortable being overtly political in my work, but at a private level these are the kinds of things I had in mind when I was making this work. Our society is incredibly polarized — we mostly agree that things aren’t good or getting better, but we are incapable of coming together to figure out what to do about it. The wealth gap is widening daily — the rich have more and more, while the poor and middle class are left to fight over the scraps. Resources are disappearing at a frightening rate, yet we don’t seem to be able to do anything about it. 

The piece followed on from my Excavations series, which consists of found papers: books and newspapers in different languages, maps, sheet music, religious and patriotic texts, advertisements, instruction manuals, financial statements, candy wrappers, and other random bits. The papers are layered, stitched, and peeled back to reveal different surprises within the layers. The paper is a stand-in for an abstract idea of the collective knowledge of all human beings throughout time and our efforts to make sense of the world and communicate it to others. Information is selectively hidden or revealed as it is in our daily discourse, within the different media we consume. 

Here’s the full piece.

disruption, 55 x 98 inches. Stitched textile, acrylic paint, found papers. ©2014 Deidre Adams
March 2nd, 2017|Art, Fiber / mixed media|Comments Off on disruption gets a book cover

Bad news, good news (but no fake news)

December 20th, 2016|Art, Gallery|4 Comments

 adams-continuityofintentContinuity of Intent, 36 x 36 inches, acrylic & mixed media on panel, ©Deidre Adams  – SOLD

I’ll start with the bad news: As Denver locals are aware, Point Gallery closed at the end of October. This was a very sad thing for me, not only because I was represented there, but because I loved the gallery and all the other fantastic work that was shown there. It was a beautiful space, and I was very fortunate to have shown in it and to have sold some works there – the last being Continuity of Intent (above). But to everything there is a season, so they say, and now life must go on.

As they also say, when one door closes, another one opens. So for the good news, I’m excited to say that I’m now being represented by Bluestone Fine Art Gallery in Philadelphia. Many thanks to my good friend Lisa Call for the referral, and to Bluestone owner Pam Regan for taking me on.

So-Called Vital Activity, 24 x 24 inches, acrylic & mixed media on panel, ©Deidre Adams
available at Bluestone Fine Art Gallery

As 2016 winds to a close – where does the time go! – I want to thank everyone who has stuck with me through the years. While I haven’t been posting a lot here in the last couple of months, I have been busy making lots of new work. I have several new paintings in the works, and I’m also feeling inspired to try some totally new experimental things. I will be posting some of it in the coming days, so I hope you’ll stop back now and then to see what I’m up to. In the meantime, I do post lots of work-in-progress photos on Instagram and Facebook, and I hope you’ll follow me there if you’re interested.


December 20th, 2016|Art, Gallery|4 Comments

The Visual Field is a Container

July 25th, 2016|Art, Exhibitions|Comments Off on The Visual Field is a Container

Adams – The Visual Field is a Container
The Visual Field is a Container, 60 x 108 inches (triptych), acrylic & mixed media on panel, ©2016 Deidre Adams

I just finished another painting in my Metaphors & Mysteries series. These works will be part of an upcoming solo show at Point Gallery, Denver, opening Aug. 5. The series is based on concepts detailed in “Metaphors We Live By,” by George Lakoff and Mark Johnson. (See other works in the series here and here.)

The title for this painting comes from Chapter 12, “How Is Our Conceptual System Grounded?” – page 58:

… We experience ourselves as entities, separate from the rest of the world – as containers with an inside and an outside. We also experience things external to us as entities – often also as containers with insides and outsides. … We experience many things, through sight and touch, as having distinct boundaries, and, when things have no distinct boundaries, we often project boundaries upon them – conceptualizing them as entities and often as containers (for example, forests, clearings, clouds, etc.)

As in the case of orientational metaphors, basic ontological metaphors are grounded by virtue of systematic correlates within our experience. As we saw, for example, the metaphor THE VISUAL FIELD IS A CONTAINER is founded in the correlation between what we see and a bounded physical space.

If you become aware of the painting as an object, you can think of it as being rather like a window, which is a boundary within your visual field. In most but not all paintings, there is an implied continuation of the visual field which you can’t see but may imagine.

I started this painting in late 2015, so I finished it in less than a year – pretty fast for me! Here are some in-progress views:

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January 2016

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May 2016

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June 2016


And some detail shots of the finished painting.

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July 25th, 2016|Art, Exhibitions|Comments Off on The Visual Field is a Container