It’s quite difficult to define what Deborah Wang actually does.
To introduce her as one, two, or even three professional titles would neglect her ability of spreading her wings further. She completed a Master of Architecture in University of Waterloo and Master of Fine Arts at OCAD; worked as a senior designer at Toronto’s Architecture and Design firm Superkül; and beyond that, she has built DesignTO – an annual art and design festival, alongside a group of dedicated friends.
Before interviewing Deborah, I was quite amazed and curious about how she makes all of these projects possible. After our conversation, it has become pretty clear. Her perspective on life and death has liberated her to be someone who takes on projects that interest her at the moment. She doesn’t plan very ahead. Instead, she chooses to immerse herself into meaningful projects, one at a time.
Deborah lives a fulfilled and meaningful life, one that continues to evolve.
Photography: Vai Yu Law
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“Of course death sometimes happens in a very dramatic or tragic way, but it’s not necessarily a thing of itself. It doesn't just happen one day. We are all on this path and continuum that somehow we’re always between these two states, so I think that can also be quite beautiful and maybe liberating in a sense. And that our relationship with people who have died continues onwards and a lot of that happens through objects.” - Deborah Wang