Debbie Korbel 

Artist Statement

Everyone knows what it is like to lie on their back and “see” images in the clouds. When I was a child, I would see images not only in the clouds but in many circumstances. The random patterns of linoleum flooring, plaster ceilings or even the way shadows fell across a wall would suggest figures or landscapes to me. As an adult, I approach my sculpture materials the same way by standing back and looking for what I “see” emerge.

I create my assemblage sculptures by using the original sculpted elements combined with an assortment of objects I have collected. Often the initial impetus for the sculpture occurs when I find some interesting fragment of metal or wood. Then an idea takes root and evolves from that “catalyst” piece. Every sculpture is like a puzzle for which I find and fit each seemingly unrelated piece together in its most expressive form in order to create something new.


1985 BA California State University, Northridge


Debbie Korbel is an artist whose creativity has been applied to various media including painting and sculpture as well as writing television scripts, short stories and hip-hop song lyrics. Her sculptures have been exhibited in numerous galleries, collected internationally and appeared in television shows. In 2013, her work received awards in the Spring and Winter issues of Creative Quarterly Magazine.

Recent exhibitions in Los Angeles include Gallery 825 and TAG Gallery “LA Open,” where her sculpture The Kiss was awarded second place. Korbel is a native Californian and works out of her studio in Los Angeles.

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