Debbie Westergaard Tuepah is a Surrey-based visual artist who uses
primarily yarn, paint, found, and ready-made objects to consider the
conceptual and embodied experience of information in relation to
contemporary issues and events.
Tuepah’s 3-dimensional works comprise of networks of material
representing systems, modes of measurement and visceral realities.
Tuepah’s interest in information and data began in her previous marketing
career, where she researched and analyzed millions of data elements to
understand, predict and influence human behaviour.
Tuepah on her work:
‘Believing that we exist in a state of information overload and that we
are intricately involved in a communicative experience that connects and
disconnects us to others, I observe how information can be strident in its
revelation of real events or can evoke abstract ideas pertaining to
politics, economics, health, science, the environment, or social
Tuepah has exhibited her sculpture, installation, painting and community
engagement works both nationally and in the US.
After a lengthly business career Tuepah returned to university where she
received a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design in 2011. Tuepah
received the ECU Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, she has been
nominated and shortlisted for a number of awards and public art
competitions, and was profiled in “Studio Magazine’s Under the
She has served as Vice President and Treasurer on the ECU Alumni Board, is
a founding member of the curatorial collective AgentC Projects, and is a
member of CAM, a group working to develop a board-directed contemporary art
gallery and arts centre in South Surrey.