What is Documentary Fine Art?
It is when artist, Debra Wuliger, interviews a community of people,
listens to their stories and photographs them as they tell it.
She then turns what she discovers into drawings, paintings and blog posts
which creates a window into their community.
Debra has heard stories and photographed people in
Caldwell County, North Carolina
about a place that is special because of what happened to them there.
Those images became watercolor portraits.
In the project Wisdom Collects, Debra listened to people tell a transformational story of their lives and
their photographs inspired expressive line drawings.
Objects - Portraits?
A Story Gathering Project
I am looking for memories
about a treasured possession.
What is the story behind the object?
Why is it important to you?
What emotions are invoked by the object?
Do other people have similar feelings toward this object?
As people tell me their story, I will photograph them,
with and without their possession, to catch their reactions
and the connection we make as storyteller-listener.
What if the portrait of the person, the object
and the story were just the starting point?
As I look and hear more deeply, I begin to see the underlying abstracted patterns that join the three into
one unified whole in constant flowing movement.
These intuited patterns become both drawings and paintings.
The story will go through the same abstracted process.
The memories that the object invokes are a
remembrance, ephemeral and shifting.
The object itself stands in as an abstracted idea
of both the person who values it, and the memory.
So the whole story will not be used,
but instead be pared down into a few sentences.
I will post an excerpt of the story, the photographed portrait and an intuited abstracted drawing as a blog post under,
Objects - Portraits
I am curious to see the similarities and differences
as to which objects are important to people
in many different places.
I would like to take the project into the wider world,
comparing and contrasting people’s stories
a shared understanding and community.