"Walking into the woods, I begin a dialog with willing trees. Our conversations start with bark; the furrows, layers and evidence of time, " writes Deborah Coolidge. "Wrapping paper around their bodies, I begin with graphite. Subtle texture emerges as calligraphic notions. I am exhilarated with the directness of this process and always surprised with the depth of variation and complexity. Later in my studio studying the drawings, which read like Braille's dots and dashes, I begin to flesh out by enhancing or erasing, lightening, darkening, summoning the complete story."
Coolidge holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, where she is currently a senior Critic in Foundation Studies. Her works on paper represent a collection of drawings from different trees, showing a range of light and dark marks, patterns, age and species.