The train runs to Amsterdam. Right in front of me is a young woman seated. She’s going home. Her bag full. A thick book on her lap. She reads. She looks outside. Smiling at a girl who asks her name. “Debora. Deb”, she says. “Deb” repeats the girl and hops to her seat.
Debora van der Vliet (born 1984 in Elst, the Netherlands) is a Dutch visual artist and illustrator living in Amsterdam. She received a Bachelors Degree in Media Arts from the University of the Arts, Utrecht. Deb can be characterised as an artist who views the world with an open mind. With different images, techniques and materials she creates new stories with her own inner world as a guide.
Although she focused on video and animation during her study, her point of interest has shifted to creating collage art. One of the things she finds interesting in this medium is the interaction of the images combined. By starting the dialogue and reassembling the found images, it allows them to tell a new story. These stories are surreal and dreamlike, as a kind of lucid dream. Strange but also light and playful.
That, combined with the presence of several layers, relates to her own inner world which is a conflicting, but at the same time harmonious, place to be.
‘Deb, Deb, Deb, Deb, Deb, Deb, Deb, Deb’, the girl repeats.