The girl I once was and the woman I have become create an ever-changing dialogue in my artwork about identity and sense of belonging. In my waking state I am conscious of my present self, however, my dreams and memories often force me to confront the ghosts of my past. By combining a variety of media through a layering process I am able to explore and express my emotions in a way that exercises the demons that sometimes haunt me. The creative processes I use to create my images become a way to navigate the delicate balance I feel between my empowerment as a woman with the vulnerability that accompanies the duty of wife, mother, scholar, teacher, and daughter.
Deborah N Filbin