ARTIST STATEMENT: Deborah Brown has spent the last 12 years in Bushwick and East Williamsburg, a neighborhood she helped pioneer as an artists' community. "Runaways," her recent paintings, take the industrial landscape of the North Brooklyn Industrial Business Zone as the location for a series of narrative paintings. In this work, a female protagonist goes on adventures accompanied by various animal companions. The work conjures a picaresque sprit familiar from adventure stories in which a heroine navigates an exotic and unfamiliar world, enticing the audience to follow her on a path of surprise, threat and wonder. The paintings are composed of thick slabs of paint applied with a palette knife and punctuated by linear passages and off-register color patches, a fractured, brooding landscape that mirrors the internal psyche of the protagonist. The paintings channel feelings of abjection, strength and freedom, offering a subtext of feminine empowerment and artistic discovery.