About the artist
“I am not what I am, I am what I do with my hands.” - Louise Bourgeois
Rebecca Volynsky does not see her work as scripted or planned. Everything that spills out onto paper as repeating patterns and symbolic imagery is an organized chaos. Old photographs, graph paper, drops of watercolor, thin sheets of transparent tissue and graphite markings that look as though they attack the page are combined. These are attached onto paper through gluing and sewing, strengthening the paper as an object. Everything that is placed on the surface exposes Rebecca’s thoughts and memories but also conceals them, allowing the viewer to come up with other interpretations of the work. It is a process of creating and then letting go, much like what we experience in life.
The themes and symbolic elements in Volynsky’s pieces revolve around the ideas of strength, personal growth, mental health, the female voice, community, and the beautiful environments that surrounds us. She is influenced by Russian folk art and Byzantine icon paintings, textile design, lively color, organic shapes found in nature, heartache, laughter, and her experiences as a teaching artist.
Volynsky lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island. You can find her website here.
About the piece
Edition dimensions reflect actual paper sizes, not the printed image itself. While we try to maximize image size on all prints, a minimum border of .5 inches is left to allow for easy framing.