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Collective Disquiet


Deborah Cornell

Deborah Cornell's work in print, VR, installation, and collaborative multimedia is seen nationally and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include Krakow, Istanbul, Melbourne, and Buenos Aires, and presentations include Dubai, Krakow, Taiwan, New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, and San Francisco. She was awarded the Grand Prix D’Honneur by the Krakow Print Triennial for her contributions to the discipline, and the Grand Prix of the Krakow Print Triennial for her prizewinning multimedia work “Reflecting Place”. She has also received Grand Prize from the LA Center for Digital Art among others awards. 

Cornell’s work has been supported by the Radcliffe Institute of Harvard and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and she was awarded artist residencies in Buenos Aires, Belgium, Venice, and Louisiana.  Her work is in the collections of Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Hangzhou Art Academy, China, Turku Art Museum Finland, Purdue University Museums, RISD Museum, Boston Public Library, RMIT Melbourne, Weisman Art Museum, IBM, and others. Publications include Impact Journal, Grapheion, Impact Conference Proceedings, College Book Arts Journal, and Contemporary Impressions. Cornell lectures widely and has curated international exhibitions in Havana, Abu Dhabi, Wroclaw, and Spain. She is Chair of Printmaking at Boston University’s School of Visual Arts. Previously she was Founding Director of the Experimental Etching Studio, Visiting Artist at Radcliffe College, and Director of Visual Arts for the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.

Video Title: Aqua Alta

Artists: Deborah Cornell, video, and Richard Cornell, sound

Length: 3:22 minutes

Date: 2019

About the work in Collective Disquiet:


The Aqua Alta video is a reflection on the environmental and cultural consequences of climate change. Originally, Aqua Alta was an installation of 9 digital murals with sound by Richard Cornell, presented in Buenos Aires at Proyecto ACE. It was revised in 2019 as a 7 minute performance with video in concert, presented at Boston University.  This 3 minute excerpt is from that performance. 


The remaining works represent selections from my print practice, which has environment, and its powerful repercussions on human life at its center.

Cornell  Second Wave

Cornell Second Wave

Cornell   Particle Accelleration

Cornell Particle Accelleration

Cornell   Anthropocene - Entanglement

Cornell Anthropocene - Entanglement

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