On March 29, 2016, Globe Correspondent Cate McQuaid wrote:
“Sculptor Debra Weisberg builds forms up from lines, coating wire in sandy pulp and torn paper; her work has long had the quality of a drawing busting into space. At the same time, her sculptures echo nature, like the papery quality of a wasp’s nest or the shapes of the hardy, scrubby plants that grow on New England beaches.
In her show at Lesley University’s VanDernoot Gallery, “Fuerza,” made with plaster over wire mesh, looks like the wasted wing of a large bird, pitted and streaked with red and brown. The mostly black “Boosh” protrudes from the wall, knobby like coral, and seems to move tenaciously, branching here and there, listing to one side.
“Un(See)n Scape,” the showpiece of the exhibition, an installation of several such pieces, fills a large portion of the space. It feels like a forsaken beach with rocky outcroppings, and seaweed and detritus washed ashore. Thickets of tangled, coated wire poke up or hug the ground. One hangs on the wall like a dark, snarled moon, making the scene surreal and foreboding. It seems to move and open like tumbleweed, trailing strands behind.
With this work, Weisberg takes the drawing element of her work to a new level, crafting a landscape.”