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SUM 2018

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48 | Rebecca Rutstein Rebecca Rutstein, whose work spans painting, sculpture and public art, explores abstraction inspired by geology, biology and marine science. She has completed art residencies on land and aboard science research vessels across the globe. Rutstein is slated to make her first descent to the ocean floor in the deep-sea submersible Alvin in fall 2018, along with a solo exhibition at the Georgia Museum of Art. Her work has been featured on NPR and in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post and Vice Magazine. With over 25 solo exhibitions, Rutstein has exhibited widely in museums and institutions and has received numerous awards including a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. Her work can be found in public collections including Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Johns Hopkins Hospital and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Rutstein holds a BFA from Cornell University and an MFA from University of Pennsylvania. 1) How would you describe your art? My work expands upon my interest in science and the undercurrents that continually shape and reshape our world. Inspired by geology, microbiology and marine science, my paintings and installations become networks where scale is shifted and obscured, articulating fractal patterns found in nature. Incorporating data and maps, I construct layered spaces where juxtapositions coalesce: micro and macro, expressive and restrained, graphic and atmospheric, organic and geometric, linear and solid. 2) What's your favorite medium? Painting is the most direct and expressive medium for me to explore ideas. Over the last five years, I have also delved into sculpture, incorporating laser cut steel and LED lights into interactive installations. 3) How does your passion for the marine environment influence your art? Sharing the important research of marine scientists through the lens of art offers the public a greater understanding of what these scientists are exploring and how much we still don't know about the deep ocean. I have been working with high resolution sonar mapping data of the ocean floor collected during expeditions and incorporating them into paintings that give the viewer a small glimpse of this hidden world. I am also interested in the phenomenon of bioluminescence in the ocean and am working on a sculptural installation that will mimic bioluminescence using motion sensors and light. 4) What were the best aspects of working on a research vessel? Collaborating with the scientists and crew, creating a studio in the wet lab, embracing the rocking motion of the ship into my artistic process, finding my place within the established rhythms of ship life, making friends from around the globe, and feeling the freedom of the open sea and sky, all culminated into an unforgettable experience. 5) What were the greatest challenges of working on a research vessel? Because I was joining the Falkor in a remote location, I could not ship art supplies beforehand, so I needed to travel with and anticipate all necessary items. Motion and weather have been the biggest challenges for me on a research

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