May – June 2017
Good art makes you think and feel. What I think when I view Rebecca’s quilt-like watercolors or sculptures is something puzzling, literally. Rebecca further stretched the philosophies of conceptualism and collage associated with new realism into something much more personalized.
Rebecca incorporates little bits and pieces of American culture into her sculptures, by attaching postage stamps, typical American children’s toys, and little mementos of an America from a time before. Her sculptures treat little things that can represent aspects of America like pieces of a puzzle or patches of a quilt, and she uses those small details of America to create a complete thought on her views of her country. She unconsciously quilted together a personalized perspective of a nation.
When I look at Rebecca’s sculptures, I do not feel the social outrage associated with 21st Century new realism art. Rather, I feel gladness. After viewing her work through the eye pieces that are integral to her art, my field of vision is filled with the kaleidoscopic image of the people who appear on the stamps that line her work. The people and things enlarged or tessellated in the eye piece are a kind of intellectual pop art. The effect is an overwhelming sense of gratitude, because the cultural icons found on stamps contributed to the cultural fabric of this nation. More importantly, I feel gratitude for people like Rebecca to remind me this nation is filled with strength and compassion.
Rebecca is an educator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
- The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, MFA Book Arts/Printmaking, 1993
- Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA, Printmaking Classes, 1984-1989
- Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, PA, full-time student, 1981-1982
- Vassar College, BA with general & departmental honors, Art