I’m interested in how responsive actions eventually reveal structures, and how a cycle of accumulation, rupture, and shift opens up a new syntax. The paintings materialize out of a friction between intention and coincidence, much like the daily processing and deciphering required to be in the world. In a catalog essay on my recent paintings, Carmen Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties: Stories, wrote “Deborah Zlotsky’s paintings are, at their essence, a convergence: of Renaissance images and pop art, of the past and present, of science fiction and reality, of physicality and illusion.”