“I’m 9 years old, looking at insects under rocks. I take down notes, drawings, and then go to the library to find out everything I can, make copious notes, then return to the backyard to do one final drawing that encompasses defining characteristics, interrelationships, and behaviors. Still today, through observation and research, I aim for a type of accurate perception. What does it mean to have an understanding of something? It is a matter both of synthesizing the elements of a concept, or defining the common characteristics of a thing, while also creating a point of personal contact with the individual and unique example. My works map my understanding of a subject both through the characterization and my perception of the individual cases within the topic. Thus my work is often a list marked by my own handwriting, and given continuity by correspondence or association; Point of comparison is key to the work.
Subjects include 26 decorate letterforms made up of dog breeds, 16 types of tree, impression of personality through 28 faces, 12 places, 10 artisans, 25 ways strangers intersect. Color is applied boldly and temperately. Delicate line offers detailed information while strong silhouette and negative space allow the viewer the pleasure of abstraction and mental space. Line and color often occupy separate layers of texture. Each piece represents an experiment, a desire to learn and to teach. Being an explorer means the world always holds mystery, holds more than ourselves, that life is a quest requiring interpersonal engagement.”
Rebecca Meredith works can be found in children’s fiction and nonfiction publication, surface pattern, licensed content, and in private, gallery and corporate fine art collections. Her work engages the mind and beatifies the eyes, providing lasting interest and satisfaction. Awards include Top 100 Artists for Paint for America, teaching fellow at Mission 17, Museum Purchase by Triton Museum of Art, numerous artist residencies around the world, and a grant from the Sam and Adele Golden Foundation. Rebecca Meredith currently resides in the the California Bay Area.