Rebecca Johnson Painter Sculptor




The land is the source of my materials and the source of my ideas. The unique origin and history of a material sparks my imagination.
 
Stone embodies and imbues time. Liquid magma spews from the earth's core, merges with air or seawater, and as it cools, forms granite and basalt. I find this elemental and alchemic process awe-inspiring. As an artist I go through a similar alchemical process. I take a nebulous idea and transform it into a painting or sculpture. When I created the sculpture Memory of Rain, I cut and polished the solid basalt, melding its molten origins into the shape of falling raindrops or tears.
 
My sculptures River Mouth, History of Water and Web are made of bronze horsetail grasses and stone. Horsetail or equisetum has flourished on earth for a hundred million years. It is a living fossil. I use ceramic shell molds to direct cast horsetail grasses into bronze. NASA engineers invented ceramic shell because they required a material to withstand the intense heat of a rocket hurling through earth's atmosphere. The principal ingredient of ceramic shell is silica and it’s also the primary element in horsetails. 
 
Silica is also a basic part of stone and of course is the sand on the beach. When I walk barefoot on the beach, and when I make art, I am physically, philosophically and spiritually at the heart of the whole fabulous complexity of life.
 
With knowledge, inspiration, training and tools, I enter the unknown, striving to convey the fluidity of time, the weight of mountains, the openness of sky.