We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are." ~Anaïs Nin.
Looking at things from a different perspective - reimagining what others might see is at the precipice of Deborah E. Knispel's (DEK) art. Raised in New York City during the sex, drugs and rock and roll era of the 70's and 80's, DEK was born of free expression and encountered an infinite number of unique individuals that pushed the boundaries of society. This milieu gave the artist an appreciation of individualism, diversity and an aversion to the status quo.
When it came to eduation, DEK sought a dual degree in both Art History and Sociology to further explore what makes humans tick. She endeavors to seek what is at the core of humanity and
life, through her art, writing and everyday life. The truth is what matters and the artist would identify more with the realists than the idealists.
Art photography, encaustic works and mixed media are the mediums that the artist uses to interpret the mantra: "seeing is everything."
Visual Arts Integration Specialist - UCP of Central Florida
During the school year, "Ms. Deborah" visits 7 different campuses across Orange, Osceola and Seminole County teaching arts integration lessons to students with exceptionalities. The goal is to reach students that might not grasp learning material through conventional methods by using the arts as a tool.
A primary example is teaching properties of matter during Science class by using clay to demonstrate solid matter. Making slip demonstrates liquid matter and using a kiln to fire the clay demonstrates gas matter. The entire clay workshop is a visual and tangible demonstration of what students need to learn regarding properties of matter for their Science standards.
Project based learning through art increases understanding, retention, and gives students an appreciation of the arts.
2003 “A Day in the Life - Brooklyn” Group Photographic Exhibit, Brooklyn, NY
2007 “Caged” - National Arts Program Juried Exhibit, Orlando, FL - 1st place/Best of Show
2007 “Caged”– Group Exhibit, Orlando Civic Center, Orlando, FL
2007 “Caged”– Group Exhibit, Orlando Airport, Orlando, FL
2007 “Endless Cycle” – Group Exhibit, City Arts Factory, Orlando, FL
2008 “Shot Thru the Heart” 10 foot fiberglass guitar - Gibson Guitartown public works display and charityauction, Orlando, FL –Sold $1600
2008 “And Judgement For All” - NAP Juried Exhibit, Orlando, FL – 3rd place
2009 “Cocky” and “Flamboyant” - NAP Juried Exhibit, Orlando, FL – 1st place
2010 “The Carpenter” and “Fashion Figure” -NAP Juried Exhibit, Orlando, FL – Best of show
2010 Publication: “Florida Oasis: a
photographic tour of Harry P. Leu Gardens,”
Cool Springs Press, 2010 - 8 Photos, including centerfold and cover flap
2011 “Lilies” – Maitland Art and History Center “Orange & White” Group Exhibit, Orlando, FL – 1st place
2011 “Fragile” and “Smoked” - National Arts Program Group Exhibit, Orlando, FL
2012 “L’Objet de Mon Desir”– Fall in Furniture Love – Scan Design Art Benefit, Orlando, FL
2013 "Into the Woods" - Solo Exhibit at CityArts Factory, Orlando, FL - funded in part by a grant through United Arts of Central Florida.
2014 "The Creative City Project" - created a tableau vivant of Francisco Goya's, The Spell