Artist Debbie Ma’s Abstract Works Recall Historic Movements With a Contemporary Spin

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What You Need to Know: Right now, the David Owsley Museum of Art, part of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, is presenting the solo exhibition “Rising to the Surface: Paintings by Debbie Ma.” On view through December 21, 2023, the exhibition features a range of works from the Philippines-born, American artist’s oeuvre, highlighting her subtly evolving practice and ongoing experimentation with color and texture. In many ways evoking aspects of 20th-century Modernism like geometric abstraction, and Abstract Expressionism—namely the mark making by Cy Twombly and gesturality of Jackson Pollock—Ma brings a distinctive nuance to her use of pattern and materiality.4

Featured image: Debbie Ma, Chez Henri (2021).

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