Contemporary pieces of public art
A collection of contemporary art works by Rebecca through public art and commissions, her 4D floral sculptures have been part of private collections and placed in public spaces since 2017.
A bronze medal created using traditional methods of wax carving and casting. Experimental Burst is first in the series of medals Rebecca is creating as part of her BAMS Medal Makers Award from The British Art Medal Society (https://bams.org.uk/)
Inspired by the experimentation of learning a new skill - wax carving - and getting to grips with specialised tooling and material properties Rebecca uses carved lines to produce this bronze burst effect.
A bronze medal created using traditional methods of wax carving and casting. Experimental Cavern is first in the series of medals Rebecca is creating as part of her BAMS Medal Makers Award from The British Art Medal Society (https://bams.org.uk/)
Inspired by the experimentation of learning a new skill - wax carving - and getting to grips with specialised tooling and material properties Rebecca has been able to produce a variety of surface textures to her bronze work.
Daffodil was constructed using a combination of materials; Sterling Silver, crushed crystals - including Amber and Citrine, Daffodil oil and Dalbergia Melanoxylon wood.
The aim was to create a stimulating silver piece using a combination of traditional and contemporary skills. The inspiration behind Daffodil was the National flower of Wales - Cenhinen Pedr (Daffodil) and Rebecca's task to encompass as many of the perennial plants original characteristics into the piece: considering appearance, colour, texture and scent.
Daffodil much like the original flower consists of six petals, a trumpet shaped corona and a stem. The crystals Rebecca chose to use were selected in relation to the colour scheme of the flower – predominantly yellow and orange hues. Texture was created by hammering and raising the metal as well as using a steel brush on the surface pre-polish, the petals were crafted in such a way that the outer corona crystals (yellow hues) reflect onto the polished surface. Scent has been added to the wooden base through saturation and inside the pieces corona – releasing an enchanting daffodil aroma.
‘Lavender’ was constructed using reclaimed wood, silver and crystals. Lavender was the 1st 4 dimensional botanical piece Rebecca created. This original idea stemmed from a challenge to incorporate as many of the plants characteristics into the work, considering; colour, fragility, movement and scent.
Lavender stems were constructed with silver wire, varying in width and length, which would combine kinetic movement with the durability of the material demonstrating the aesthetics of this naturally delicate flower.
Fashioned and hardened silver wire forms the stems of Lavender resulting in the flowers to stand tall and sway gently in a breeze. Whilst the stems appear delicate they have the hardness to withstand the years seasons and support the embellishments on top.
To represent the colours of the flower Rebecca used several purple hued crystals including amethyst and added fools gold to the clusters for depth.
The wooden base was then saturated and the crystal embellishments dipped in lavender oil to add a sensory element to the piece.
The premise is that this piece would look, smell and act as a natural lavender flower would once the wooden base planted into the soil of the community garden.
Metal Lace Fan
This piece utilised several metalsmithing techniques including; electroforming, photo etching, metal casting and silver plating.
Metal Lace Fan was made up of 7 individual 'fan parts' which were joined together with a rivet.
The V&A inspired by award is given upon successfully creating and exhibiting a piece which was inspired by an object in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Inspired by fashion and textiles through the eras - in particular the intricate lacework and fine line detailing in the decorational aspect as well as old fashioned corsets and bustles product developments through time.
This public art commission was designed for the space located at Golborne Bridge, on the corner of Golborne Road connecting to Portobello Road, London.
The commission was a collaboration project among various artists working in different mediums.
Rebecca made 16 'tiles' in total which were exhibited at The Goldfinger Factory before being laid into the face of the truss bridges steps for permanent display.
The colour scheme was blue, green and grey as to match the re development colours of the bridge itself. Rebecca used a photo etching technique and applied various patina methods to achieve the colours required.