About the Artist
The art of Deb Davis-Livaich is about a long love and concern for Nature and beauty in peril. Her art strives to provoke viewers to take notice of the overlooked worlds beneath their feet and to truly see the hidden beauty in the weathered bark of the tree up ahead.
Deb works in a variety of media which include: beaded assemblages, ceramic and bronze sculpture, mixed media drawings and fused glass. Many of her works are carefully constructed still-lifes or collages of forms and patterns from the ocean reef, shore or woodland floor rendered in ceramic or cast in bronze. Her assemblages combine heavily weathered wood and natural materials from the forest, desert or beach with ceramic forms, cast bronze and beaded flora.
Davis-Livaich refers to her works as conversations with Nature. Her art is more than just Nature-inspired; it is Nature-engaged. There is a deep relationship here and the artist is responding with her art to what speaks to her in Nature. There is a give and take, a back and forth between the artist and Nature. Sometimes the artistic interpretation is so subtle that it is difficult to distinguish where the art begins and Nature leaves off. Other works are a bold celebration of Nature’s beauty. Sometimes she repeats Nature’s marks and patterns, but most often she reinterprets, builds upon and embellishes Nature’s voice. The beading, drawing, wood burning, the addition of paint and patina, the various methods of adorning the pieces are Deb Davis-Livaich’s ways of drawing the viewer in for a closer look, hoping that we will see what we’ve missed.
Deb Davis-Livaich studied fine art at the Columbus College of Art and Design and then graduated with a major in Printmaking and Drawing from the Cleveland Institute of Art. She also holds a degree in Art Education from Case Western Reserve University. She has been a member of Studios on High Gallery and had a featured exhibit: “A Gilded Garden” at SOHG this May. Deb also had a solo exhibit of assemblages and sculpture this March in the Loft Gallery of the Columbus Cultural Arts Center. Her ceramic work was included in the “De La Naturaleza” exhibition at the Franklin Park Conservatory in 2016 and in the “HWD” sculpture exhibition at the Rosewood Art Gallery in Kettering, Ohio. She has also participated in many group exhibitions and has works in private collections nationwide.