I draw and paint for the same reason I read a good novel: to enjoy the unraveling of finding out what happens. When I begin a work, I start with something both accidental and familiar — a few colors, a few shapes or smears, a memory of a tangled pile of laundry or the movement of sunlight through my grandmother’s apartment. These initial colors and shapes begin a process of discovering unintended proximities and relationships, of finding logic and meaning in the unique situation that emerges. Accidents repeatedly redirect me, blurring my understanding of the difference between accident and intention. I look for anomalies as I rearrange, reassemble and make myriad adjustments. Eventually, the confusion of relationships slipping out of balance begins to create new structures and forms. These shifts and accumulations become a way for me to respond to the necessity of change, and the beauty and complexity of living. As I work, my process both brings me closer to and gives me distance from the friction between intention and coincidence, subtle forces which shape my understanding of being in the world.


Deborah Zlotsky, a 2012 recipient of a NYFA Fellowship in painting, has exhibited across the country, including McKenzie Fine Art, Pierogi Gallery and the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College. Her drawings are in the curated flat files of Pierogi Gallery and The Boston Drawing Project at Joseph Carroll and Sons Gallery, as well as the online-curated registry at The Drawing Center. Her work was featured in New American Paintings 2014 (Northeast edition), and has been collected by Nordstrom, Progressive Insurance, Rutgers University, the Waldorf Astoria, the New York Palace Hotel and the Albany Institute of History & Art. She has been a fellow at Yaddo, Bemis Foundation, VCCA, Ox-Bow, Millay Colony for the Arts, Ragdale Foundation and Weir Farm Art Center. Zlotsky earned a BA in Art History from Yale and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from University of Connecticut.  She teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design.