Deborah Roberts is an American contemporary artist based in Austin, Texas. Her work consists primarily of mixed media collage, hand drawn and painted details and she uses her art as an opportunity to portray Black life.
Deborah uses the subjects in her art to reveal how systemic racism, gender politics and western beauty standards shape the way that Black children grow up. After being deeply moved by the story of Child Q, Roberts ensured to carry references of the prominent racist incident that happened here in the UK, with her piece entitled, ‘The Body remembers’ which references Child Q’s loss of innocence.
“Art allows me to talk about Blackness in a way that wasn’t talked about before.” – Deborah Roberts
Deborah’s collage work depicts the complexity of black subjecthood and the idea of otherness at the centre. Roberts clever use of dark canvases to highlight the lack of visibility in black children in modern day society is an example of the level of though that goes in to her seemingly simple works. This is a truly beautiful exhibition and one worth going in to see, even if just for a few minutes.
25-28 Old Burlington Street
London, W1S 3AN
The following transport lines have routes that pass near the Stephen Friedman gallery
Bus: 9, 38, 19, 453, 6
Tube: Bakerloo, Jubilee, Piccadilly, Victoria, Central
Stations: Green park, Piccadilly circus & Bond street
The Deborah Roberts exhibition will remain open to the public until Saturday 23rd July
The opening hours at the Stephen Friedman Gallery are as follows;
Sunday – Monday, closed
Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 6pm
Saturday, 11am – 5pm
This exhibition is free of charge for all members of the public.
There is no need to book visiting slot online, guests are free to turn up as they wish during opening hours.
The Stephen Friedman Gallery has step free access.
The gallery welcomes guide dogs, hearing dogs and assistance dogs in its spaces.
Q Park Burlington is located opposite the gallery on Old Burlington Street, London W1S 3AF