Deborah Baronas grew up on a farm and came of age as a designer in the textile industry. Her connection to these working cultures guided her artistic investigations into the history of immigrant workers and their labor. In her site-specific installations, Baronas creates interactive environments with scrims, paintings, drawings, video, music and photography.
Textiles are Baronas’ primary medium. In her exhibition at the Newport Art Museum, the artist incorporates elements of her recent show at the American Textile History Museum in Lowell, where she interpreted photographs of factory workers by layering drawings, paintings, printed fabrics and three-dimensional objects. The intent is to invoke the rhythm of life in industrial New England – an environment that also saw workers surround themselves with living plants and flowers.
Deobrah Baronas graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Textile Design and worked in the textile industry in the United States and Europe for many years. Her art and design business is based in Warren, Rhode Island.