Deborah Jack, (1970, Netherlands/ St. Martin) is an artist whose work is based in video/sound installation, photography, painting, and text. Her current work deals with trans-cultural existence, memory, the effects of colonialism and mythology through re-memory. As a multi-media artist, she engages a variety of strategies for mining sites of cultural memory and negotiating a global present. The resonance of traumatic historical events in her personal and cultural memory is at the core of her work. She is intrigued by the concept of re-memory, memory as a trigger and as a means for exploring the dismembering of the histories, cultures, traditions, families, and personal memories. Her work seeks to articulate a historical and cultural injury. She is interested in seducing the eye with scenic aspects of landscape and the potential for the betrayal that can come from a closer examination of these seemingly “innocent” and “untouched” places/bodies.
Her work has been featured in The Other Side of Now, at the Perez Art Museum of Miami in 2019/2020. Group exhibitions include the traveling exhibition, Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago, at Museum of Latin American Art in Los Angeles, the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, the Frost Museum at FIU, Portland Museum in Maine and The Delaware Art Museum. Her work has been exhibited at, the 2014 SITE Santa Fe Biennial, Brooklyn Museum, and Jersey City Museum. She has published two poetry collections, The Rainy Season and skin. Deborah Jack is an Associate Professor of Art at New Jersey City University.