Deborah Rael-Buckley

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Circle Game Stoneware, Oxides, Glazes, Acrylics, Commercial Inglaze Decals 43"H X 19"W X 11"D © Courtesy of the artist and the Blue Rain Gallery
My Mother's Daughter Ceramic, Oxide Wash, Glazes, Acrylic, Metal Amulet 24"H X 8"W X 8"D © Blue Rain Gallery
Secret Keeper Ceramic, Oxide Wash, Glazes, Acrylics, Wooden Bird 28"H X 9"W X 8"D © Blue Rain Gallery
Released Spirit Stoneware, Oxides, Glazes, Acrylics 47"H X 12"W X 19"D © Blue Rain Gallery
Vetus Latina Stoneware, Oxides, Glazes, Acrylics, And Inglaze Decals 43"H X 19"W X 12"D © Blue Rain Gallery
Santuario Stoneware, Oxides, Glazes, And Acrylics 42"H X 19"W X 11"D © Blue Rain Gallery
Language of Prayer (Three Sisters) Stoneware, Oxides, Glazes, Acrylics, Inglaze Decals 43"H X 19"W X 11"D © Blue Rain Gallery
A little bird told me Stoneware, Oxides, Glazes, Acrylics, Commercial Inglaze Decals 43"H X 19"W X 11"D © Blue Rain Gallery
Cosecha Amarga Stoneware, Oxides, Glazes, Acrylics, Commercial Inglaze Decals 29 1/2"H X 10"W X 9"D © Blue Rain Gallery
Nuestra Agua Nuestra Sangre Stoneware, Oxides, Glazes, Acrylics, Commercial Inglaze Decals 43"T X 19"W X 12"D © Deborah Rael-Buckley
Transience of Memory Stoneware, Oxides, Glazes, Acrylics, Commercial Inglaze Decals 46"T X 20"W X 14"D © Deborah Rael-Buckley
Stigma Stoneware, Glazes, Acrylics 39"T X 18"W X 11"D © Deborah Rael-Buckley
Mariner Stoneware, Oxides, Glazes, Acrylics 39"T X 17"W X 12"D © Deborah Rael-Buckley
Ausencia Stoneware, Glazes, Acrylics 38"T X 16 "W X 12" D © Deborah Rael-Buckley
Corn Woman Rising Stoneware, Glazes, Acrylics 53"T X 22 "W X 17" D © Deborah Rael-Buckley
Pueblo Bonfires Stoneware, Glazes, Acrylics, Metal, (Matachines Chair) 43.5"T X 11" W X 11"D © Deborah Rael-Buckley
Unknown Passage Stoneware, Glazes, Acrylics 34"T X 11.5"W X 11.5"D © Deborah Rael-Buckley
Mother Tongue Stoneware, Glazes, Acrylics 52"T X 21 "W X 15.5" D © Deborah Rael-Buckley
Rosas Sin Espinas (roses without thorns) Dicho Series Stoneware, Glazes, Acrylics, Commercial Decals 60"T X 26 "W X 16" D © Deborah Rael-Buckley
Varo's Chair Stoneware, Glazes, Acrylics 51" T X 13" W X 11"D © Deborah Rael-Buckley
Quick Facts
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Birth year
Lives in
Taos, NM
Works in
Taos, NM
Representing galleries
Blue Rain Gallery

Recent work stems from an ongoing interest in memory; how we classify, organize and memorialize events of our lives. As humans we have the unique ability to recall, preserve, sometimes with great detail, complex memories. These may be classified as biological (DNA), geological (earth from which we are realized and the clay medium), ethnic, cultural, familial and personal. I refer to this organization as a "taxonomy of memory": a method of naming and classifying memory and its constructs.

I think of memory as a layers of information, each level inparting bits of information crutial to our consciousness and a means to our immortality. This information comes to the surface and fades away: some of this information we remember from actual experiences or sense from some source, but other information we recall has a deeper and unexplainable locus. I view my work as a metaphor for these ideas. My work tells stories or describes memories, the details of which are imparted bit by bit in layers.I am interested in how memory is preserved and how layers, like a pearl, form sometimes confusing or false memories. After the actual living of an event, we often change and mold the memory into a more palatable or manageable one, something we can better cope with or understand or compartmentalize.

The first layer of these memories is present in the clay material, which imparts its own geological memory or DNA. In its smallest grain, clay can impart its own story where it was made and from what materials it was made. The form tells more information, the imagery relates more of the story, and the surfaces relate even more information until the story or memory is fully realized. I do this all with the understanding that the story.memories may be read or interpreted differently based on the cultural background of the viewer.

Artist's Resume


2000   MFA Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UW-M).
1996   Summer study abroad, Cortona, Italy.
1994   University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC). BA in History of Art and Architecture awarded with honors.

Selected Museum Shows

2009 Aqui Estamos! Works from the Permanent Collection. National Hispanic Cultural Center Museum, Albuquerque, NM.

2009 Windows to the Divine. Madden Museum, Denver Colorado.

2009 New History Museum-Opening Gala exhibition of work by New Mexico artists. Santa Fe, NM.

2007 Originals, 2007. New Mexico Women in the Arts, Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, NM

2006 Dia de los Muertos XX: Rooted in Tradition. Mexican FIne Arts Center Museum, Chicago, Illinois.

2006 Sixteenth National Ceramic Competition. San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, Texas.

2005 Originals, 2005. New Mexico Women in the Arts, Fine Arts Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

1997 Cross/Culture. Walter Anderson Museum of Art, Ocean City, Mississippi. (honorable mention sculpture)

Solo Exhibitions

2008. Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

2007 New Work BlueRain Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

2002 Telling Stories. Galerie 94, Brussels, Belgium.

2001 Re-Lations. Galerie 94, Brussels, Belgium.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2010 Cherry Creek Arts Festival. Denver, Colorado

2009 My Land Is Me:A Collaborative Installation on the "veil". Rane Gallery, Taos, NM.

2009 Windows to the Divine. (invitational) Madden Museum, Denver, Colorado.

2009 HYBRID NATION. (invitational) Costello/Childs Gallery. NCECA Concurrent Exhibition.

2008 Taos Invites Taos: Taos Fall Arts Festival. Taos Convention Center. (Best in Show Mixed Media)

2008 Passages. Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

2008 From a Woman's Hand: Past Visions/Present Realities. Alumnae Hall, Ellis School. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

2008 Occupied Forces (invitational) Alamosa, Colorado.

2007 Originals, 2007. Harwood Museum and Milicent Rogers Museum, Taos, NM. New Mexico Women in the Arts.

2007 Sedona Arts Festival. (invitational) Sedona, Arizona.

2007 Contemporary Hispanic Market. Best in Ceramics. Santa Fe, NM.

2007 Sculpture at the Ranch. New Mexico Sculptor's Guild. Santa Fe, NM.

2006 Contemporary Hispanic Market. Best of Ceramics. Sante Fe, New Mexico.

2006 Nature/Culture. Santa Fe Clay. Santa Fe, NM.

2006 Sixteenth National Ceramic Competition. San Angelo FIne Arts Museum, Texas.

2006 Local Color. Taos Country Club, Taos, New Mexico.

2005 Originals, 2005. New Mexico Women in the Arts, Fine Arts Museum. Santa Fe, NM.

2005 25th Anniversary Sculpture Show. University of New Mexico, Los Alamos. Los Alamos, NM.

2005 Vessels: Forms Without Function. Jane Sauer Thirteen Moons Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.

2005 Contemporary Hispanic Market (Best of Show and Best of Ceramics), Santa Fe, NM.

2004  3-D Sculpture Invitational, Page Coleman Contemporary Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

2004  Earth to Athenor: Ten Sculptors. NCECA, Indianapolis, Indiana.

2003  Primavera, Stables Gallery, Taos, New Mexico.

2003  On the Edge, Ramsden-Morrison Gallery, San Diego, California.

2002  Latino Wisconsin, Appleton Art Center, Appleton, Wisconsin.

2000  Vessels, (two person show) Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, WI.

2000  Garments, Womanmade Gallery. Chicago, Illinois.

2000  Autobiography, Appleton Art Center, Appleton, Wisconsin.

2000  Re-Collections, inova Gallery 3, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

2000  Y2CLAY n DIA, Denver International Airport. Denver, Colorado.

1999  Artistic Observances in Latin America: The Cultural Vantage Point. Crossmont Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

1999  55th Juried Exhibition. Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, Iowa.

1999  Transformations Through Clay. Art Elements Gallery, Columbus, Ohio.

1998  Fiber and Fire. Milwaukee, WI. (honorable mention-sculpture)

1997  Wisconsin Artist’s Biennial (award for sculpture). UW-M, Madison, Wisconsin.

1997  Cross/Culture. Walter Anderson Museum of Art. Ocean City, Mississippi
(honorable mention-sculpture).

1997  Metamorphosis. Constance Lindholm Gallery, Shorewood, WI. (award for sculpture).

1996  Mostra ’96. Cortona, Italy.

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