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Rebecca Clews uses photography to explore her search for a sense of place by constructing other-worldly environments that play with space and scale. Having grown up in a rural environment, she has feelings of rapt admiration for the vastness and beauty of the landscape. Her work creates not only a sense of wonder, but sometimes either playfulness or foreboding in an environment of magic realism.
Born in Tijeras, New Mexico, she graduated with a BFA in photography from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2014. Her work has been exhibited in multiple group and solo exhibitions throughout Kansas City. In April 2013, her microscopic images were used in a rear screen projection that served as a stage space for performers in, “Darwin” a multi-model bio-opera held at Union Station’s City Stage in Kansas City. In January 2014, her work was published on the cover of The Hand Magazine.. She is currently living in Washington, D.C., working as a Contract Photographer for the National Gallery of Art.
“Human geographer Yi-Fu Tuan posits, “Place is security, space is freedom: we are attached to the one and long for the other.” Although not necessarily a geographical location, place, is our center of meaning and identity. Uncertain of my future, I too am searching for a sense of place, away from the din of urban life. I consider myself to be an image maker and collector, capturing in this world, microscopic images, which form the building blocks for the imaginary worlds I generate. In this process, I take inspiration from Turner’s and Chinese sublime landscape paintings. These worlds express my desire for my own place of solitude, where I might have the ability to think and contemplate within scenes that are harbingers of possibility. Although these images express my personal perspective, I feel they stimulate the desire in many of us for our own place of seclusion.”