Approved: 16.08.2006

Rebecca Stevenson

Approved: 16.08.2006

My work is concerned with the visceral and the sensual. It draws upon anatomical drawing and botanical illustration, but occupies a liminal territory between scientific enquiry and the subjective, imaginary body.


My recent work investigates the relationship between innocence, consumption and desire. In each piece, a sculpted animal is cut, manipulated and refigured. These

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  • Location: London
 

Biography

My work is concerned with the visceral and the sensual. It draws upon anatomical drawing and botanical illustration, but occupies a liminal territory between scientific enquiry and the subjective, imaginary body. My recent work investigates the relationship between innocence, consumption and desire. In each piece, a sculpted animal is cut, manipulated and refigured. These interventions result in outbursts of colour and texture, twisting the material or "flesh" of the sculpture into forms resembling flowers or fruit. The object assumes a two-fold meaning; a split or double identity. From one angle the viewer sees a bouquet of roses, from another the head of a slaughtered calf. These interventions can be read as the expression of an impulse to "dress" or prettify, or as the breaking through or breaking out of an irrational, subconscious or chaotic element, like a wound or disease. My treatment of my subject, whether viewed as butchery or beautification, creates an undercurrent of disturbance in the work. Drawing on the traditions of vanitas and still life, my work explores the contradiction inherent in the "nature morte", in which transient everyday objects - bread, meat, flowers, fruit - are immortalised and elevated by the processes of art. Petals on the point of turning brown and dropping, fruit so ripe that it is just on the verge of rotting; captured and petrified, like a stuffed animal or a frozen bouquet. Art as a kind of pickling, s howing death and obscuring it - all at once. Using materials manipulated to resemble food- meat and marzipan, sugar and butter, offal and chocolate - the work explores ideas around pleasure and consumption, both visual and oral. .

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2000 - MA Fine Art (Sculpture), Royal College of Art, London 1998 - BA (Hons) Fine Art (Sculpture), Chelsea College of Art and Design, London Solo exhibitions 2010 - Fantasia, Kudlek van Der Grinten Galerie, Cologne 2008 - Tempting Nature, Mogadishni , Copenhagen 2007 - Innocents, Mogadishni, Copenhagen 2005 - Carniflora, Mogadishni, Copenhagen 2001 - Exquisite Corpse, DomoBaal Contemporary Art, London Group exhibitions 2012 - East Wing X:Material Matters, Courtauld Institute of Art, London 2012 - Highly Sensitive:Wax in Contemporary Art, Museum Villa Rot, Burgrieden, Germany 2012 - Metamorphosis:The Transformation of Being, One Marylebone, London 2011 - Direction, Gallery B15, Copenhagen 2011 - Iconoclasts, Lloyds Club, London 2011 - Wunderkammer, Octagon Chapel, Bath 2010 - Hangart ed. 16: The Secret of England's Greatness, Hangar 7, Salzburg, Austria 2010 - Lebenslust und Totentanz, Kunsthalle Krems, Krems an der Donau, Austria 2010 - Podium and Pandemonium, Nettie Horn, London 2010 - Stories, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton 2009 - Gods and Mortals, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London 2009 - Moments of Macabre, Bo Lee Gallery, Bath 2009 - Old Masters Re-interpreted, Rollo Contemporary Art, London 2008 - Future50, Project Space Leeds, Leeds 2008 - Group Show, Mogadishni , Copenhagen 2008 - The Clearing, Nettie Horn, London 2008 - These Living Walls of Jet, Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool 2008 - Whispers of Immortality, Natalia Goldin Gallery, Stockholm 2007 - Absolute Summer 07, Mogadishni AAR, Aarhus, Denmark 2006 - Artsway Open, Artsway, UK 2006 - Everything Must Go, VTO Gallery, London 2006 - Go Figure, Mogadishni, Aarhus 2004 - Cardboard Factory, Mogadishni, Copenhagen 2004 - Group Show, Mogadishni, Copenhagen 2004 - Paradisiaco, DomoBaal Contemporary Art, London 2003 - Don't you forget about me, Studio Voltaire, London 2003 - Entranced, VTO Gallery, London 2003 - Open Sculpture, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol 2002 - Arcadia in the City, Marble Hill House, Twickenham 2002 - Beautiful Projects, Ashley Gardens, London 2002 - New Classicism, Palazzo Forti, Verona 2001 - Bittersweet, Danielle Arnaud, London 2001 - What next from London?, Orion Gallery, Ostend 2000 - Assembly, Stepney City, London Other 2012 - Slick Art Fair, Le Garage, Paris 2011 - Slick Art Fair, Le Garage, Paris 2010 - Art Cologne, Cologne, Germany 2009 - Art Brussels, Brussels Expo, Brussels 2008 - Art Brussels, Brussels Expo, Brussels 2008 - Art Copenhagen, Forum, Copenhagen 2007 - Zoo Art Fair, Royal Academy of Arts, London 2005 - Liste, Basel, Switzerland 2005 - The Armory Show, New York, US