A Philadelphia-based artist whose work spans painting, installation, and sculpture, Rebecca Rutstein explores geometric abstraction with a vision inspired by science and scientific data. Rutstein has been an Artist-in-Residence in geologically dynamic locations including Iceland, Hawaii, the Canadian Rockies and Vermont. Most recently, she completed two "Artist at Sea" Residencies aboard science research ships where she collaborated with scientists mapping out never-before-seen seafloor topography from the Galápagos Islands to California and exploring uncharted territory from Vietnam to Guam.
Rutstein has exhibited widely in galleries, museums, and institutions, and has received numerous awards including a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, Pew Professional Development Grant, Ocean Exploration Trust Fellowship, Independence Foundation Fellowship and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grants. She has garnered recent attention through radio interviews on NPR and Hawaii Public Radio, and with features in Vice Magazine, Huffington Post, Philadelphia Magazine, Philadelphia Inquirer, Artblog, Fresh Paint Magazine and New American Paintings. Her work can be found in public collections including Johns Hopkins Hospital, Nordstrom, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Temple University where recently completed her first permanent, outdoor public art commission.
Rebecca Rutstein holds a BFA (Magna Cum Laude) from Cornell University (with abroad study in Rome, Italy) and an MFA from University of Pennsylvania. She has been a visiting artist at Universities across the country and conducted ship-to-shore outreach with museums world-wide. Rutstein is represented by Bridgette Mayer Gallery in Philadelphia and Zane Bennett Contemporary/Form & Concept in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
My work expands upon my interest in geology, biology and the undercurrents that continually shape and reshape our world. These forces – from gradual erosion to violent upheaval – are powerful metaphors for life experiences and the ebbs and flows of relationships. My paintings and installations become mappings where scale is shifted and obscured. I construct spaces through juxtapositions: micro and macro, graphic and atmospheric, organic and geometric, positive and negative, manual and mechanical, linear and solid. I am continually challenged by creating environments that bridge these polarities.
All images courtesy of Rebecca Rutstein