Deborah Margo's work combines different disciplines including sculpture, drawing and ephemeral installations, questioning architectural and historical contexts of public and private spaces. Focusing on processes and materials relevant to these different contexts, a conversation takes place between a specific site and the materials she works with. Her working process is both conceptual and intuitive, based on research yet open to so-called accidents. Time, change and touch are key preoccupations.
Since 1984, Margo has exhibited in Canada, Mexico and the United States, participating in solo and group projects. Projects in 2013 included Boxed In at The Rooms (St. John's, Newfoundland), Topographies, an installation of textile-based sculptures, at Patrick Mikhail Gallery (Ottawa), Present in the Wind, a collaborative outdoor installation, made during an arts residency with artist Devora Neumark (Hudson Highlands, New York) and Salt and Paper + Tangent 2: Winter Garden at Research in Art (Ottawa). In 2014 she will be showing her work as part of Hard Twist 8: This is Personal at Toronto's Gladstone Hotel.
Born in Montreal, Margo lives in Ottawa. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University and a Master of Fine Arts from Temple University/Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She has also studied at the Haystack School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine and the Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta. She has experience as a writer and is a faculty member in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa where she teaches drawing, painting and sculpture. During the spring and summer months she also works as a gardener.