Deborah Cornell

Deborah Cornell
Boston University, MA


Deborah Cornell is Chair of Printmaking at Boston University. Her installations, prints, and 3D virtual reality are shown internationally. Solo exhibitions include Istanbul, Melbourne, Buenos Aires, Reykjavik, Venice, New York, Los Angeles. Group exhibitions include Krakow Poland, Novosibirsk Biennial Russia, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and exhibitions in New York, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Chicago, Cuba, India, Bulgaria, Australia. Collections include Hangzhau Academy, Sakimi Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Purdue University Museums, Boston Public Library, IBM, and others. She lectures widely, and holds a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from Vermont College.


Scientists and artists are explorers, seeking to connect ideas and hypotheses, working with minds and hands in an effort to map the unknown and visualize the invisible.

This exhibition includes the work of Deborah Cornell and Kathryn Maxwell, artists whose work is informed by the explorations of scientific investigation. These artists journey into scientific realms with their artwork, and occupy space at the intersection of art and science.

Deborah Cornell’s work travels along the edges and borders of cultural, perceptual, and scientific interactions of humans with the environment, with images that propose imagined crossovers and migrations. Using digital methods on paper and transparency, she explores the threshold where technology is reshaping nature, the synaptic jumps between technologies and species, and the consequences of reducing our experiences to pixels and bytes. Her works include four new installed works in the series “Overlays”.

Kathryn Maxwell’s work expands on the exploration of physics, neuroscience and genetics as these fields investigate “who are we?” Through her work, the artist recognizes new discoveries, theories and investigations in (and of) science about our physical being, but also embraces the ephemeral aspects of life that cannot be defined solely through scientific means. Recent work has explored how we, collectively and individually, search for meaning. Four new wall panels are included for exhibition.