People in progress

Rebecca Meredith's art is about exploring a wide field of narrative possibility. The work supports ambiguity and deprives the viewer of concrete resolutions, thus making them detectives navigating a surreal landscape. The viewer is unsettled and captivated by the intense push and pull as they seek something that rings true to their own experience. From the frisson of disorientation, possibilities open.
















Rebecca Meredith develops one to two dozen paintings simultaneously, creating individual works that, when displayed together, contribute distinct phrases to a dynamic whole.  There is both a quest for the essential in working out questions of the world as a whole, without claiming an apopdictic message.  Instead, she uses the technique of ellipsis, or the art of condensation, to describe the complexity of human existence in the modern world while remaining hypothethic, intuitive and playful. 


Like meditation, the work is a place in between places and draws you inwards, hovering poetically between abstraction and figuration.  Atmosphere and subject are mixed, fusing the found emotion with a poetic evocation of memory.  There are expansive abstract passages that recall both the physicality of abstract expressionism and the mystery of dreams. Personal experience is evoked as well as the emotive power of picture making.  As the painter's presence is emphasized through the construction of the work, and the viewer is enveloped in the emotional field associated with the work's creation, the viewer is urged toward an active relationship with the visual world. The paintings are an exploration of identity rather than a tool for telling a story, a personal journey rather than a technique for graphic documentation.



Viewers linger as textures and forms emerge, evoking a sense of place but often leading to inner spaces and otherworldly realms.  They invite close attention to the canvases' physical properties, the shifting chromatic planes, the layers that accrete and intersect.  There are interruptions and blockages, borders that divide, and foreground and background become one. Looking is revealed as a challenging, creative act that rearranges how reality is perceived, one that raises more questions than answers. 


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There is a lot left open-ended in these drawings, and there is a lot of white space so that you can discover potential ideas.
This purposefully laid trigger to the brain, provoking you to "fill in the blanks" in terms the closure principle in neuroscience.
Use PARADE as a place to try out ideas, experiment, and play.
Find a story, feel the shapes, let your hand do the thinking, and take a fresh page when you need a breath.
Submit your drawing to display in a group show at

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  • going going GONE
    Sun, Oct 20
    2508 Woolsey St
    Oct 20, 2019, 12:00 PM – 12:05 PM
    2508 Woolsey St, 2508 Woolsey St, Berkeley, CA 94705, USA
    We will take you in our hearts Empty House Studio Sale Celebrate Rick and Ann's Finger Foods Sunday, October 20th, 12-4 2508 Woolsey Street, Berkeley CA Bring your dream destinations as inspiration Future Adventure: Homebase Copenhagen and traveling
  •  Liminal Spaces as Rites of Passage
    Sun, Aug 26
    Abrams Claghorn Gallery
    Aug 26, 2018, 10:15 AM – 1:00 PM
    Abrams Claghorn Gallery, 1251 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706, USA
    Using Polaroids for reference, partners coupled during class will photograph themselves with whole body movement and fabric in motion to describe ourselves in a transition in our lives as they are right now. Cutout, colored paper, and collage will complete our images of this transition.