Deborah Alma Wheeler has exhibited nationally and internationally and has had several pieces collected by museums including Tom of Finland’s TOM House located in West Hollywood California and The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction Gallery in Bloomington, Indiana. Along with exhibitions, Deborah has presented her work abroad, at the University of Oxford and the University College of Dublin in Ireland. Deborah received her Master of Fine Arts from Michigan State University specializing in sculpture and her Bachelor of Fine Arts also in sculpture and a minor in art history from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as well as her Bachelor of Science with an emphasis on K-12 Art Education. Currently, Deborah lives and works in the St. Louis, Missouri metro area as a contracted artist/fabricator/instructor. By re-appropriating American culture through found objects, she questions social, political and cultural issues about sex, gender identity and marginalized groups. A form of semiotic manipulation occurs through the re-contextualization of objects and their conventional spaces. As the signifier is removed from preconceived material frameworks, shifting context exposes charged meaning behind ordinary objects. The viewer begins to perceive her reconstructed objects and environments through a new signified idea or sign. Thus, creating a poetic metaphor that is both strangely familiar and jarringly awakening. The concept of each sculpture or installation is critical in determining material choice, site specificity, and aesthetic direction.