On January 30th, Rebecca Rose gave a talk about her creative process at Snap (1013 East Colonial Drive, Orlando FL). Rebecca is a bit of a hoarder. She collects anything small and representational. She has entire drawers full of these tiny trinkets from a Lilliputian world. She used to be a painter, but an elective class in jewelry making changed that. In one assignment for class she re-imagined what a ring should look like. Her teacher was astonished and he asked her where her inspiration came from. She knew she was onto something.
She had to take a long hiatus from making jewelry however, because she didn't have the necessary equipment. She spent several years selling paintings until she could afford the needed furnace, molding equipment and other tools of the trade. A documentary was shot that shows every step of her creative process which is part art, science and alchemy. From the first sketch to the finished piece cast in pure silver, she spend endless hours devoted to her craft.
‘Sculpturings’ are beautifully created pieces redefined beyond their traditional sense, each piece with unique form and story. The pieces blend luxury with urban activism relevant to current social issues. Rebecca sketches, assembles, carves, invests, kiln fires, and casts her own work in her home studio. Rebecca’s work was exhibited at Select Fair in Art Basel Miami, Beijing Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco. Last year she was the Halstead Grant winner. In March, he work will appear in two gallery shows: "In Dreams: A Tribute to the Films of David Lynch", at the Spoke Art Gallery, in San Francisco, CA, and "The Season of Spring", at the Flower Pepper Gallery, Curated by Daniel Rolnik, in Pasadena, CA.
Her rings are both art and jewelry. Each comes in a specially prepared bell jar for display when not being worn. She often leaves a magnifying glass near the display case so people can truly appreciate the intricacy in her designs. She was recently commissioned to create a ring commemorating the Winter Olympics. The prices on the pieces on display in January and February were extremely affordable. Considering their popularity, those prices are sure to go up soon. It was such a pleasure to meet an artist who loves what she does and was willing to share every step of the process. I hope to visit her studio to sketch her in action someday soon.
Mark your Calendar! My work is now hanging on these walls and I hope you come out to the opening on March 21st from 7pm to 10pm at the Cameo Theater (1013 East Colonial Drive Orlando FL).