About The Artist

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On Ritual...

Rituals, engrained within humanity since it's foundation, are categorized as religious or solemn ceremonies consisting of a series of actions;  Each stitch is the count of a rosary bead, each cut is the throw of coconut shells. With both Catholic and Folk influences, much of Handfast Hotel's content is a discussion of female sexuality in a patriarchal space. 


Deb Leal is a Chicanx artist living and working in Oakland, CA. She graduated with a BFA in Fine Art Photography from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 2011; Milwaukee, WI. 


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