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Artist Bio

Rebecca Rippon explores the intersection of nature and urban structures in her work. She uses these opposing forces to help question what it takes to survive. She counts paste-up street artists, collage and Carl Jung's theories among her influences. Having lived in Florida, Texas and California, she takes inspiration in surrounding nature. Active in her university’s environmental club, Rebecca earned her undergraduate degree in English literature. She began studying painting just before graduating and later discovered printmaking, particularly etching. Printmaking drives her work, owing to its endless possibilities to turn out many variations. Her previous literature studies have imparted a strong sense of metaphor into her output. Rebecca keeps inspiration fresh by roaming San Francisco wholly by bicycle and on foot.

Artist Statement

Pursuing the true nature of our inner workings has been a varied and elusive endeavor. Yet the effort to understand those patterns beneath the surface is essential. As the Swiss psychotherapist Carl Jung warned, “The unconscious life destroys itself.”
Nature in this work expands to encompass the nature of things, of ourselves, in its definition. Pasting prints in the urban landscape sprouts an expression of nature onto the city grid. The incongruity hails passersby as they are navigating through urban space. These interventions bring up the issues explored across the rest of the work. The intersection of flora with structured urban forms creates a hybrid space: raw nature entangles with systems. Contrasts between forms invite the viewer to consider those intersections. Printmaking permits a proliferation of nature. Using varied multiples, the collision is examined in myriad registers.
Jung identified a shared unconscious, a basement level of consciousness common to all. That commonality is a valuable opportunity to examine our circumstances. It could be the key to surviving the overwhelming forces rushing forth beneath the surface.
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