Deborah Peeples

My abstract paintings explore space, distance, and perception through the natural translucent materials of beeswax and damar resin, which allow the creation of atmosphere as well as surface refinement. This is a language that traces my inner turbulence, exuberance, and complexity. The process of building, layering, and scraping to expose or obscure, reflects a sense of inspection and introspection, becoming method and metaphor for uncovering and connecting with my inner self. My work is concerned with preconceptions, and how they might be altered when one is sensitized to look more deeply. 
As an adoptee and parent of a transperson, the superficial structures cultivated to protect core vulnerability are central to both my artwork and past work as an activist. Through the layered and sensual slowness of my work, I explore questions about the intrinsic desire to be seen and valued, and assumptions made about how we fit in the world. 

Deborah Peeples holds a BFA from Washington University School of Fine Arts and also studied at the Lake Placid School of Art. She lives and works in Cambridge, MA, and exhibits her work nationally.


“Emerging,” 2019, Pigmented beeswax, canvas, nails and magnets on panel, 11.25” x 11.25”
“Desire,” 2018, Pigmented beeswax on panel, 12” x 12”
“Feeling your Heat,” 2018, Pigmented beeswax on panel, 24” x 24”
“Falling Out,” 2018, Pigmented beeswax on panel, 16” x 16”
“The Wolves Laugh at Night,” 2019, Pigmented beeswax on panel, 30” x 30”
“Cascade,” 2019, Pigmented beeswax and canvas on panel, 16” x 16”
“Captured Darlings 2,” 2019, Pigmented beeswax and canvas on panel, 8” x 8”
“Untitled 4.24,” 2019, Pigmented beeswax, canvas and thread on paper, 3.75” x 5.75”