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Picture of Shoe (Life), 2000, Sculpture, Rebecca Kesler

Shoe (Life), 2000, Sculpture, Mixed Media

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Inspiration
I began creating artwork because of a childhood interest which flourished into studying art at University. I find my artwork therapeutic but I also hope it raises awareness about the environment exploring the beauty of the world and the impact technology is having on nature. Some of my artwork also explores the beauty of g-d through the spiritual. My artwork explores environments that are humanistic, virtual and incorporeal and the human footprint on all three.

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Musical Rain, 2010, Video of Sculpture, Mixed Media

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Materials
I became interested in sculpture quite early on and often my artwork then was mixed media involving everything from wax to rope and wood. I still create sculpture from recycling involving everyday items that people would throw away, trying to turn something ugly into something aesthetically beautiful.
Whilst at University I started experimenting with technology creating computer based artwork - everything from photography to video. More recently my practice has become painterly (painting with technology) and I am extremely interested in painting virtual nature. Often I will explore Second Life and draw from memory virtual landscapes.
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Water, 2010, Video, Photoshop, After Effects, Final Cut

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Techniques
When digital painting I use Photoshop with graphics pen and tablet. An artwork will go through days of development whereby I work on top of a piece. This means I don't often work with a sketchbook when creating digitally but have a series of files that develop a single artwork which show the development of a piece. My current sculptures involve working with traditional craft including beading and paper craft. Paper beading dates as far back as Victorian times and the techniques I use do not differ very much to the methods used in Victorian times. I am currently trying to use eco-friendly materials.
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