Rebecca Dias graduated from Scripps College in 2010 with a B.A. in Humanities: Interdisciplinary Studies in Culture, Concentration: Issues of Globalization. She is currently working on her M.A. in Business Design & Arts Leadership through Savannah College of Art and Design. Since graduating from Scripps College, Rebecca has lived in Shanghai, China where she became a founding member of Basement 6 Art Collective and taught art in several capacities both in the states and abroad. While she has enjoyed these experiences, Rebecca is ready to focus on expanding her platform and portfolio as professional artist.
During her residency at the Horlock Art Gallery, Rebecca hopes to expand her portfolio, learn more about gallery operations and representation, and advance platform as a professional artist. Rebecca is excited to use her role as a Navasota Artist-in-Residence to promote arts within the Navasota community, and to support the Horlock House and Arts Council of Brazos Valley.
In my acrylic and water-based media paintings, I seek to bring a viewer’s subconscious experience to a conscious reflective surface through presenting a tension of abstraction and form. For purely abstract paintings, this tension may emerge through color, shape, size, or texture of visual elements. For abstraction of recognizable forms, visual elements contrast with a habitual or expected experience of a recognizable subject to engage the viewer’s perception at an emotional or spiritual level. I allow my own experience during the painting process to direct the flow of paint and composition, through factors such as motion and method of paint application. In showing up to my own blank canvas, I become a child again. The final product is a tangible, reflective expression of my own conscious and subconscious experience during the painting process, in a form accessible to viewers as a childlike invitation to their own reflective experience.