Photo by Maddie Cordoba
Much like an altered reflection in a funhouse mirror, my work as a whole is subjectively menacing. Many of my pieces are abject and realistic representations of flesh and hair. These elements are familiar, yet when used in my pieces, can inspire strong feelings of repulsion and unease due to their displacement, magnification, and surreal distortion. I source my work from my issues of body perception, gender rituals, and the objectification of the human form. By isolating and warping individual body parts in my art, I simulate dissociation between the audience and their own bodies.
My work strives to expose how absurd and universal ruminating about our body’s failures can be. By replicating and becoming familiar with these failures, I forgive myself for my own bodily imperfections. These pieces are a representation of my own healing. Though they are morbidly visceral, they are made with care and intimacy. I see my work as restorative, humorous, and calming—and seek to share that with others. I want my pieces to be harmless oddities—strange and unpleasant, yet lacking in aggression. I hope to take my anxieties and create a strong, emotional presence with which audiences can bond. What was at first horrifying transforms into a thing of beauty and comfort.
Rebecca Salmon was born in 1994 and raised on Long Island and currently lives and works in Manhattan. She graduated from NYU in 2016 with a BFA in Studio Art and a concentration in sculpture. Her sculptures and sound installations explore body perception, physical rituals, and the objectification of the human form. Rebecca has presented her work in galleries such as Art Centro (Poughkeepsie, NY) and the National Arts Club (NYC). She has previously participated in shows at 80WSE Gallery (NYC) including Language of the Birds: Occult and Art and The Magic Flute, a production in association with CHEAP Kollektiv and 80WSE. She has also shown her works at the Commons and Rosenberg galleries at NYU. Rebecca, an interdisciplinary artist, has studied special effects makeup and is also a trained vocalist and actor. She has taught various art classes at the Artist’s Institute at Friends Academy and at NYU’s High School Art Intensive.