The Name of the Father | 23″ x 29″ | Graphite on gesso | 1996
Deborah Rockman taught undergraduate and graduate drawing at Kendall College of Art and Design for 35 years before retiring from teaching. During this time, she created bodies of work that revolved around her ongoing concern for the struggle experienced by women and by lesbians from all walks of life. The work chosen for the MR/QD exhibition was created throughout the 1990’s and is titled “Visions, Dreams, and Memories”.
In this body of work, I used my visions, dreams, and memories as a vital link to the integrity of the unconscious. The very nature of the unconscious mind as a vessel for that which the conscious mind suppresses suggests the frequently dark nature of the secrets held there. Believing in the universality of the human condition, my work conveyed moments of fear, of need, of vulnerability, of dark recognition…moments of truth that transcended the personal and acknowledged the depth of my experience at both a conscious and unconscious level.