DB Waterman assembles her pieces using original photography, assorted papers, acrylics, oil, charcoal, ink and pencil. Waterman’s body of work is characterized by her skill for reinvention. She loves weathered walls plastered with peeling paint and old posters - her goal is to make something beautiful out of what has deteriorated. The biggest challenge of collage as a medium, according to Waterman, is its lack of transparency and she considers replicating the effects of transparency afforded by paint and watercolors to be a victory. This effort can be seen in her collages as layers upon layers of material remain visible in her finished pieces.
“I believe my body of work is characterized by my skill for reinvention. Having always loved the appearance of weathered walls plastered with peeling paint and old posters, I revive this aesthetic with hopefully a keen and professional eye. The creative objective of my work is to make something beautiful out of dilapidation. My tableaus explore the dissonance between old and new materials, intertwined in the most beautiful possible way to create dreamlike and melancholy images.”
Waterman studied at the Art Academy in Den Bosch, Netherlands, although she regards herself as self-taught.