Rebecca’s current works at Assembly Point
Your recent solo exhibition, Taken Care, seemed to be a continuation of the ideas explored in your RA Schools degree show. How do you feel your practice has evolved since leaving the RA?
I think it’s opened up a lot more. Doing the degree show helped me to think about what it was that I find important in making, in opening up different questions and relationships between works. Since then, it’s becoming more direct or more narrative, in a way that’s a bit more free, through the way I use materials and references.
Your use of materials often references the body, architecture and femininity. What would you say your approach to materials is? Is it instinctive?
Yeah, it’s whatever seems appropriate for what I’m making. So, with the big figurative sculptures that I’ve made, I used plaster bandage purely because it wasn’t about what they were made of, but about the form, attitude and stance that they had, and that I wanted them to be realised quite quickly. The rawness of that material became quite important in that body of work. Whereas now, perhaps things are getting much more laboured and layered, and I don’t know if I’d return to that material again.
Can you tell us a bit about your current group show, Is it Heavy or Is it Light?, and your work in it specifically?
The show itself was devised by James and Sam at Assembly Point. Their concept, the “politics of shine”, was taken from an essay on e-flux, and they selected five artists they thought had an interesting relationship to that. My work is a continuation of some of the works shown at Hunter/Whitfield, but very much more about creating these autonomous and imposing structures that referenced prisons or watchtowers. These brutal structures are maquettes for something bigger, and they’re also much more solid and whole in comparison to the stacks of plates and body parts, and their jewel-like or berry colours. It was quite important that these body parts (ears, noses, tongues and feet) were to scale with the body, altogether throwing you between places, spaces or realities.