Inter-arts artist, Composer
Deborah Carruthers is a Montréal inter-arts / multidisciplinary artist whose project-based practice explores the anthropocentric environment, absence, and solastalgia using a variety of media. Although she is a non-musician, seeing sound has become a preoccupation in the past few years, researching the graphic notation of sound without the use of conventional musical/sound notation. These investigations formed the basis of her MFA (2017) and resulted in the creation of a graphic score, Between the Song and the Silence, during her second Banff residency the same year. This led to her selection as the inaugural Artist in Residence at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of British Columbia, the ultimate outcome of which was the creation of a graphic score, slippages, which was premiered by the UBC Symphony Orchestra at the Chan Centre in Vancouver October 5, 2018.
Her work has been supported by Canada Council for the Arts and Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, in addition to private foundations. It is held in private and public collections in Canada, the USA, and Europe, and notably, the Canadian Woman Composers Archive.