DREAM SEA MOVIE WATER
New work by Rebecca Ross
Opening & Artist Talk | Saturday 5 November 4pm
Exhibition continues until 26 November
The Gold Coast’s theme parks – Dream, Sea, Movie and Water – act as markers for the four cardinal directions of Rebecca’s world. ‘The worlds,’ as they are commonly known serve as compass points from which to orient the practice, and a conceptual framework for exploring ideas and processes that surfaced in the Summer of 2015.
This new suite of works navigates and maps out images of leisure, culture, fashion and architecture, whilst engaging daily practices of walking, riding, skating, learning to surf, surfing the net and art making. The works are a culmination of studying, collecting and gazing at the slogans, pastimes and (web)sites that shape the place where Rebecca lives and works in Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast, or, as it is known nationally ‘Australia’s Playground’. DREAM SEA MOVIE WATER continues, in a playful form, Rebecca’s engagement with topography, and ideas of place, placement, site, situation and orientation.
Rebecca Ross lives and works on Queensland’s Gold Coast where she is as an artist, an academic at Queensland College of Art Griffith University, and as Artistic Director of The Walls Art Space which she founded in 2013. Rebecca completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts (1998) and Master of Fine Art (2005) at Queensland University of Technology. She has undertaken public art commissions locally, exhibited nationally and participated in group exhibitions and international artist in residence programs in Malta (Gozo, Valletta), Italy (Rome, Venice, Milan), New Zealand (Auckland, Wellington) and USA (Washington DC). Rebecca was an inaugural recipient of the Brisbane City Council Lord Mayor’s Young and Emerging Artists’ Fellowship (2004), was awarded the Rome Studio at the British School at Rome by the Australia Council for the Arts (2012), and has received Career Development Grants from Arts Queensland and the Regional Arts Development Fund Gold Coast on numerous occasions including a mentorship (2015) to travel to LA and Miami, USA.
Image: Rebecca Ross Surf Sequence (still), 2016.