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Deborah Cornell
Acqua Alta

07.11.06 07.12.06

Deborah Cornell is an American artist concerned with changes in the environmental and how these affect our everyday life.

During her production residency she will work on her project Acqua Alta using photographs of trips made to India and the North Atlantic and Pacific Ocean.

Cornell develops an exquisite technical refinement in her work, for which she had to investigate the photopolymer technique, which allowed her to reflect the subtleties characteristic of her work. A set of small-format prints will make up the installation which will be exhibited in the Polyglot Room.

The work will be accompanied by a musical piece produced by the musician and composer Richard Cornell upon completion of his residency.

Currently she is Associate Professor and Director of the Graphics Department at the School of Visual Arts at the School of Fine Arts at Boston University, Massachusetts, USA.

Deborah Cornell
1947 | USA.
Lives and works in Boston, USA.

1996 | MFA, Vermont College of Norwich University. USA.
1969 | BFA, Rhode Island School of Design. USA.
Tamarind Institute. University of New Mexico. USA.

2005 | Il Sotoportego Gallery, Scuola Internazionale di Grafica. Venice, Italy.
2005 | Species Boundaries, Performance of Tracer, Taiwan National Normal University. Taipei, Taiwan.
2005 | Performance of Tracer, Tsai Performance Center. Boston, USA.
2005 | The Requiem Canticles TRACER, Huntington Theater. Boston, USA.
2003 | TRACER Multimedia Presentation, in collaboration with Richard Cornell (composer) Emmanuel College. Boston, USA.
2002 | Los Cantos del Requiem, Contemporary Art Center of the Ministry of Culture. Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Member of the Bunting Institute, Radcliffe, Harvard University. USA.
Deya Archaeological Museum Scholarship. Mallorca, Spain.

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Acqua Alta
Deborah Cornell

07.11.11 07.12.06

Acqua Alta describes the flood that occurs in Venice when the storms and tides of the Adriatic are chained with the environmental changes produced by human action on the territory. Scientists predict similar global effects due to global warming, with unknown consequences.

Cornell’s installation at the Sala Políglota at ´ace intends to reflect the effects of these consequences on human life. The images of the water were taken on some of the artist’s trips to India, the North Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean. The images and texts give the installation a historical framework of the different human cultures: an Aboriginal legend, a detail from a painting by Bellini, a city in Arizona affected by a dust storm, a poetry by Borges, the masks of Venice, La Shakespeare’s Tempest and contemporary texts by scientists and artists.

The exhibition is completed by an electronic composition by Richard Cornell, which includes sounds of a storm in a canyon in Mexico, a flock of crows, crickets, a bell -reminiscent of Monteverde- and Nauset Beach in the Atlantic Ocean.

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