Rebeccah Power

'Fog, as if the mere act of watching has drawn it into existence', 2021

70 × 50 cm
Although at first glance the artwork seems playful and almost childlike, it finds inspiration in recent experiences of grief and loss which have driven me to seek expression of ideas of universal significance through abstraction. I am interested in capturing the moment of transition between formlessness and form. This interest stems from theories in Quantum mechanics which concludes that our observations might actually contribute to the creation of physical reality. I find it amazing that before something is observed and becomes 'something' that thing could be 'anything'. There are infinite possibilities in that moment.

The title for the painting 'Fog, as if the mere act of watching has drawn it into existence' is taken from an article in Discover Magazine that asks the question "Does the universe exist if we are not looking?” The work is based on impressions of the thick Fog surrounding my country home. Made using a process of staining and stumbling successive layers of pigment in oil paint and wax, the canvas is imbued with a sense of becoming. There is an ambiguous depth suggesting mists and cloud banks with worked edges that give a sense of confinement to an-otherwise endless expanse.
Using the immense winter sky and rugged landscape of her home on Boonwurrung country on the Bass Coast in Victoria as subject matter, Rebeccah Power creates paintings and drawings that can be described as atmospheric, ethereal and hazy. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Victorian College of Arts in 2000, Rebeccah has received a number of recent accolades, including recently being shortlisted for the 2021 Calleen Art Award. She has developed an extensive Australian and International exhibition history and her work can be found in government, corporate and private collections nationally and internationally.

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