In these paintings I have begun working in acrylic layered with oil on wood and canvas. The paintings are about difficulties of looking at the past from the vantage point of the present, represented literally as barriers or lacunas. The eye as a motif intrudes in the form of a medical diagram or an egg, into a spatially confusing still-life of glass and water. In other works random objects or modern garbage occlude historical photos. “Sour Grapes” is a display window big enough for the average person to walk into, of raw canvas with faux raw canvas painted on top.
Rebecca Bird grew up in Washington State. She attended the Cooper Union, spent a year studying painting in Japan on a Fulbright Fellowship and now lives and works in Brooklyn. She is best known for paintings in watercolor, which she has shown in the U.S. and internationally, and is in collections including the Museum of Modern Art, NY. Her recent projects include the artist run Tomato House Gallery, archeological illustration in Egypt and the exhibition “Interiors” at Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles.