Debi Oulu is an interactive artist. Oulu's roots are strongly based in sculpture, but she works with a wide variety of materials and mediums. Her recent works involve installation, light sculptures, and community-based art projects. Oulu brings much honesty and humor to her work.
Born in the USA, Oulu received her Bachelor of Arts degree in communication from UCSD. After traveling alone for over a year in the far east, she moved to Israel where she worked as a 3-D animator and web designer. Oulu continued her art studies, first under the direction of artist Yehezkel Cohen, and then at the Midrasha Art School and then under the mentorship of professor of art, Henry Lee Anderson, in his casting foundry. Recently she has completed a year’s study of community-based art at Shenkar School of Art and Design.
While exhibiting in galleries, her favorite venues are alternative "non-art" spaces. Bringing art into contact with people in everyday settings such as bus stations, schools, public streets, and festivals.
She has exhibited in Israel, Italy, Australia, Seattle, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Los Vegas, Amsterdam and Canada. for a complete listing of her shows and links, please see below.
As a female artist, I find myself in a unique position in todays culture. I can see and feel the change our society is going through. It is an exciting time. A time of searching and exploring to find better paths. My art is all about bringing into focus issues that are considered taboo and to look at them again from an open, communicative, and often humorous, point of view.
I know my art is daring and isn’t for everyone. But I like that most people react strongly to my art. It strikes up the most interesting of conversations.
Debi Oulu’s art works are interesting, surprising and fascinating. She is part of the contemporary art scene and adds her original quality. Her creations form a phase in the fascinating way which opens before her, as she proceeds with pleasure, full with creative ideas, interactive combinations, multimedia applications and an outstanding artistic talent. Her ability to combine her theoretical knowledge in the field of communication with the variety of modern materials and techniques enables her to materialize her interdisciplinary ideas, to design and create art objects and to connect to the main stream of contemporary art. Her works are intriguing, witty, humoristic, and naughty.
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