Debbie Fish has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and is an installation artist, and set designer for theatre and film. Her installations are inspired by social and environmental concerns, often using playful ways to examine complex issues. She is drawn to textures of rust and decay, and often uses these in her work. Fish is particularly interested in site-specific installation, and how the environment a work is exhibited in affects the reading and interaction the audience has with it. She is an A-class scavenger, often using found and recycled materials in her work.
Fish has exhibited at festivals including Light Nelson Festival, LUX Light Festival, Splore Festival, The Performance Arcade, Coastella Music Festival and EHF New Frontiers. In 2017 she was selected to spend a month in Taiwan as one of the artists in residence as part of the Keelung NMMST (National Museum of Marine Science and Technology) International Environmental Art Project. Here she created a work School of Scales using found and recycled materials with the help of local school children. In 2015 she was selected as part of the NZ Prague Quadrennial student team. Fish’s work in the arts has taken her from Paris to New York, and around Japan, Australia and the Pacific.
Fish lives and works in Wellington.
This is Fish’s first time exhibiting in Sculpture in the Gardens.