Artist - Debra Powell

Little Betty is Waikato artist and maker Debra Powell.

I've been playing with the concept of story telling for many years now. Through different careers and life stages, the needle of my inner compass always comes to swing towards the narrative. My doctoral research in history and criminology put story telling front and centre, and confirmed for me the ways we compose and recompose our lives continually.

Now, as a full time maker, my stories are mostly of the quietly curious or everyday variety. My sculptural work, in particular, tells tales of the people and animals around me, hopefully with sensitivity and gentle humour.