Debora Ando

Artist Statement

My work exercises the understanding of space by providing new frames of reference to instigate one's perception of it. My ideas are underpinned by experiences of displacement - physical, geographic and cultural. In my graphic work, I examine intaglio as an entropic phenomenon, that transmits at the same time that assimilates the relationship of the materiality and chemistry between each of the elements. I am interested in exploring the intrinsic qualities of the materiality of etching as well as the poetic properties of the medium (i.e. repetition). This interest is made manifest through a series of visual investigations using elements of geometry and its interpretation of space through the optics of the architecture of the urban realm. For each space there is always another possibility of interpretation, sometimes contradictory, sometimes filled with wonder, waiting to be explored.


Debora Ando is a visual artist from São Paulo. Since 2019 she works and lives in Germany, where she is based in the Künstlerhaus Dortmund. From 2013-2019 she lectured in the Fine Art Department at the National College of Art and Design (Dublin, Ireland). Since 2006 Debora runs The Print Workshop, an independent
initiative, working in the education programmes of innumerous organizations, museums, galleries and secondary schools. Debora Ando has participated in various art residencies including the Tokyo University of the Arts, Tyrone Guthrie Centre and Druckvereinigung Bentlage. She has been exhibiting nationally and internationally including the print conference IMPACT (Hangzhou/ China, 2015), CBK Amsterdam, Amsterdam Central Library, Centro Cultural São Paulo, Casa da Rosas (São Paulo), Galeria Lamelli (Krakow), Wells Fargo Bank Art Gallery (California). In 2018 she was an invited artist to exhibit in PrintWorks, curated by Dorothy Smith at Drogheda Arts Center, Ireland.