Debora Koo

Artist Statement

I have always been interested in painting food as subject matter. Surprisingly, there was something more satisfying in painting a dish or table setting than consuming the food in my physical body. While food as subject matter has not been the sole theme of my paintings, it has become a consistent idea in my work throughout the years.

My recent series focuses the interactions between people and food in everyday settings. My painting sources are from both personal and appropriated photographs and capture a moment or instant in time. As well, the paintings are composed so that they focus not on humans and human expressions but actions and movements with others when sharing a meal, and aim to capture personal and intimate portraits and moments.

Artist Bio

Debora Koo is a Charlotte-based oil painter. She was born in Seoul, Korea and spent most of her life in Andover, Massachusetts. Her interest in art began during her years at Smith College and she continued her studies at Ewha Womans University in Seoul where she received her Master’s in Fine Arts. She is primarily a figurative painter who focuses on food as her subject matter. Currently she is a member of Goodyear Arts Collective in Charlotte, NC and also an art professor at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

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