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Rebecca Rippon is a San Francisco artist whose work explores the intersection of nature and constructed spaces. She works primarily in printmaking for the opportunities it offers to experiment. She received her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute and was awarded a Cadogan Contemporary Art Award from the San Francisco Foundation. She also holds a BA in English literature from the University of North Florida where she graduated magna cum laude.

Artist Statement

Our cities and buildings are constructed spaces intended to keep us safe from encroaching nature. Yet I am fascinated by the ways in which these spaces’ occupants choose to bring nature back into them: landscaping, houseplants, even decorative elements. There are also the plants pushing up through the cracks of the city’s infrastructure, uninvited- a source of pleasure for some, a nuisance to others. As nature intersects with city spaces, I wonder what its shape can reveal about our inner workings. Is this a type of psychic survival, is it about control, or what else?
The layers inherent in printmaking and paper cutting techniques help describe the complexity of experience. I look for ways to relinquish control and invite an element of chance to the process. Repetition creates a riot of layers in various registers, and repeating layer upon layer begins to describe an overwhelming force. With every new layer I find myself seeking balance between the organic and the constructed, never sure if I may find it.

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