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ABOUT REBECCA

With an enjoyment of building a concept, teamed with an ability to create strong imagery, Rebecca creates drawings and sculptures which celebrate strength and freedom, while holding movement, beauty elegance at their core. Much of her work champions the strength and courage of women in situations where they are culturally or socially stigmatised. Rebecca is especially interested in the notion of what it means to feel empowered for women who are born into more challenging environments, and of the concept of Physis: "the determination to grow and survive", for women and girls across the world facing social and environmental hardship.

In 2017 Rebecca was commissioned to design and create a sculpture as part of an international campaign to highlight the plight of the Lai Dai Han in Vietnam, a group of women and children stigmatised by the result of sexual violence in the Vietnam war. This 2 meter bronze was unveiled in Church House, Westminster in 2019 and is currently in St James's Square, London, speaking on behalf of  women and children who are victims of sexual violence in conflict around the globe.

 

In 2016 she was shortlisted for the prestigious PMSA's Marsh award for excellence in public sculpture for her work on the Gurkha Memorial, Folkestone.

DRAWINGS

Rebecca’s distinctive line of charcoal drawings have developed over the last 12 years. Time spent travelling and working in Nepal and India has given her an unbending respect for the women who live there. Inspired by their strength, elegance, and humility in the face of social and environmental hardship, she has sought to pay homage to them through her drawings. Drawing from her minds eye, Rebecca aims to capture their sense of movement and the unmistakable “feel” of what it is to see these ethereal paragons in their surroundings. Gradually over the years she has started to introduce the use of gold leaf, and cultural references in the form of block printing found in their saris, into her drawings. Using a technique she has developed, she draws on gold leaf to build beautiful and unusual drawings which pay homage to the women who evolve from within them. Rebecca’s emphasis on traditional skills while incorporating beautifully crafted imagery is building a reputation with private and public collectors alike, both in the UK and abroad.

SCULPTURE

Increasingly through her sculpture, Rebecca is working on projects that highlight humanitarian issues which celebrate the strength of the human spirit, and the importance of freedom to thrive. Time spent shadowing Circus Kathmandu in Nepal has given her the inspiration for a collection of sculptures that she is working on in-between commissions to highlight and support their anti-trafficking awareness campaigns. Rebecca works in clay, wax, bronze and bronze resin, mild and stainless steel and copper.

 

COMMISSIONS

Rebecca works to all scale with public commissioning bodies, garden designers and private clients alike, with her versatile approach ensuring that her choice of materials and technique are specific to the requirements of each individual clients commission. To view examples of both types of work, please click on the relevant galleries.

PROJECT AND CHARITY WORK

Rebecca has worked on a number of projects, including working with the Esther Benjamins Trust in 2009 in Nepal, setting up a sculpture workshop to provide therapy through the art of making to victims of child trafficking.