Rebecca DeVries

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Membership level
Artist (Individual)
First Name
Rebecca
Last name
DeVries
 

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Artist Info

Medium / Media
  • Mixed Media / Assemblage
Artist Bio or Résumé
Rebecca deVries is a Salem artist who works exclusively in mixed media collage and assemblage. A Fine Arts graduate of Montclair State University, her career has been centered in the arts as a Creative Director and Product Developer for several corporations until 2012 when she and her husband opened The Scarlet Letter Press & Gallery, a local print shop in Salem. Rebecca currently serves as the Vice President of the Salem Arts Association, now in her second term. Her work has been exhibited in several Salem galleries over the years and she has participated in the Terror Fantasies Art Show, a pop-up Halloween-themed gallery exhibit in October, for over 10 years. In 2015 Rebecca was honored to win “Best of Show” in the Mixed Media category at the Marblehead Festival of Arts. Recently she has studied under Michael deMeng, a master of assemblage art.
Artist Statement
My work, often described as “creepy”, is much deeper. I find extreme comfort working with old items, including discarded photographs and hand-written letters.

“I hope my artwork inspires viewers to look beyond the ordinary objects and vestiges used within my pieces to realize that even the lifeless still retains life.”

Inspired by my Nana’s home in native New Jersey which to this day remains “the most magical place in the world”, began my love for antique items. A ravenous collector of paper ephemera, Victorian cabinet card photos and old books, I coupled my vintage collections with my fine arts background and my art style was born. Although knowledgeable of digital platforms, I have always worked in traditional collage, preferring scissors and glue to computers. My work rarely has a theme, as I work on inspiration of the imagery and verbiage I collect. Often after completing a piece I can see a reflection of symbols and emotion that was conveyed within the piece without any intent.

“I have always considered my artwork my therapy and this in evident in many pieces, but it is always realized after the fact. After losing both of my parents within 3 years of one another I have relied on my creative process heavily to lighten the burden of tremendous grief”.

INSPIRATIONS:
Attics, basements, Joel Peter Witkin, the smell of a fireplace, Dead Can Dance, my daughter Oonah, the full moon, striped socks, E.A. Poe, Halloween, rummage sales, my husband Josh, the Haunted Mansion in Disney, Vincent Price, the wind, the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, love letters, thunder, cello, pumpkins, rusted metal, creaky floors and the notion that beloved family is watching over me.
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