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Debbie Westergaard Tuepah is a Surrey-based visual artist who uses primarily yarn, paint, found, and readymade objects to consider the conceptual and embodied experience of information in relation to contemporary issues and events.

Tuepah’s 3-dimensional works comprise of networks of material representing systems, modes of measurement and visceral realities. Tuepah’s interest in information and data began in her previous marketing career, where she researched and analyzed millions of data elements to understand, predict and influence human behaviour.

Tuepah on her work:

‘Believing that we exist in a state of information overload and that we are intricately involved in a communicative experience that connects and disconnects us to others, I observe how information can be strident in its revelation of real events or can evoke abstract ideas pertaining to politics, economics, health, science, the environment, or social constructs.’

Tuepah has exhibited her sculpture, installation, painting and community engagement works both nationally and in the US.

After a lengthly business career Tuepah returned to university where she received a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design in 2011. Tuepah received the ECU Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, she has been nominated and shortlisted for a number of awards and public art competitions, and was profiled in “Studio Magazine’s Under the Radar”.

She has served as Vice President and Treasurer on the ECU Alumni Board, is a founding member of the curatorial collective AgentC Projects, and is a member of CAM, a group working to develop a board-directed contemporary art gallery and arts centre in South Surrey.