Exhibition: Whose Body, Self: Les Femmes Folles

JULY 18, 2019

“WHOSE BODY, SELF”: REBECCA GEORGE

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Rebecca George featured work in response to LFF’s “Whose Body, Self” series:

In this series, Abstract v. Figurative, Rebecca George explores the contrast between representing the figure/portrait while abstracting elements that are essential in a more traditional treatment of the human body. The effort to interrupt/abstract the body presents a doubt, a question: what is essential to “hold me together”? 

“Compression”, 2019, Oil and Beeswax on Portrait Linen with Collage. Rebecca George. All rights reserved.

“Compression”, 2019, Oil and Beeswax on Portrait Linen with Collage. Rebecca George. All rights reserved.

The collage material (antique burlap) was affixed to high grade Belgian Linen with an archival adhesive primer prior to the application of high quality oil
and raw pigments mixed with unbleached beeswax. The variations in surface texture are rich to the eye and ‘break up’ the continuity of a face, a body–so that the viewer sees both the figure and the abstraction of the figure.

Palette is intentionally limited to push the focus on value, chroma and temperature changes/relationships, allowing the viewer to experience the qualities of the collage material as the figures and material cross those impactful surface interruptions. These shallow planes of physical space created by the burlap, etc…serve to abstract the figures through the dramatic change in how it “takes” the pigment and refuses to follow the contours of the representational 
forms.


Find Rebecca’s work here:

https://www.rebecca-george.com/
https://www.artsy.net/artist/rebecca-george