Deann Rubin


Deann Rubin, "Jester/Gesture" 2010, 10"x10"
“Jester/Gesture” (2010) 10″ x 10″
Deann Rubin, "Birkah" 2009, 6.75"x21.25"
“Birkah” (2009) 6.75″ x 21.25″

Deann Rubin’s Statement

“Jester/Gesture”  and “Draw/#2 Pencil”  are pieces from my tapestry series reminiscent of children’s vintage ABC blocks. The block format enhances the idea of the ABC blocks and, boxes the image in.  The format morphed from a long narrow, horizontal size, focusing on the same woman’s eyes and face, from my previous “Play Girl” series.  “Birkah” is from the “Play Girl” tapestries.  “Draw” is the only tapestry in the two series that is a different face.

In both series, I played with the mystery of the abstracted woman’s face behind harlequin points or, different fiber grids. Is she hiding? Unable  to speak her mind/truth? Is she a threat to the viewer or, is the viewer  a threat to her? In many of the pieces, I pushed myself on color, such as using acid green with moss green. which, in my mind, results in interesting palettes.

Deann Rubin, "Draw/#2 Pencil" 2011, 10"x10"
“Draw/#2 Pencil” (2011) 10″ x 10″

Deann Rubin’s Biography

Deann Rubin holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Design from  The University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. She has a two-year certificate in computer graphics and another two-year certificate in illustration from Collin County Community College in Plano, Texas. In 1980, she started a full-time, year and six months apprenticeship to Muriel Nezhnie, a St. Louis tapestry artist. After her apprenticeship, Deann has pursued a studio career as a handwoven tapestry artist and continued her pursuits in graphic design and illustration.

Deann has exhibited her tapestries nationally and internationally, including Russia, Canada and Australia. She has been seen on Channel 9 television in St. Louis and has had her work in many professional magazines, newspapers, Fiberarts Design books and illustration books. In 2007, she curated the exhibition “Matters at Hand: Contemporary Narrative Tapestry” at Craft Alliance Gallery in University City, MO. She was the editor of the Journal for ITNET, an international tapestry organization, for two years, Past-President of Tapestry Weavers West, a San Francisco Bay area tapestry artists association and, Missouri Fiber Artists, a  statewide fiber organization.