Rebecca Braziel watched because the stays of a forest in Nahunta, Ga. smoldered within the aftermath of a 2012 wildfire that inched very shut to her grandmother’s home. She took within the sounds, smells and sights of a tragedy so contemporary that it actually melted off the soles of her boots. It was on this second that she discovered her voice as an artist.
“It pushed me to look beyond myself and care about the larger issues at hand such as the importance of community, conservation and each of us trying our best to be a positive contribution to the world at large,” defined Braziel.
That is the function of up to date art, to mirror modern tradition and society and that’s exactly what multidisciplinary artist Braziel does together with her work. Refusing to limit herself to only one or two mediums, she as an alternative chooses a continuing combining of fibers, portray, sculpture, discovered objects and in accordance to her, no matter else is a method to realizing an thought. These concepts in Braziel’s work typically problem conventional boundaries and provides voice to the bigger points at hand in a world with an ever-changing panorama each bodily and culturally. She makes use of a dynamic mixture of supplies, strategies and ideas to create an expertise meant to strengthen the human connection to nature.
“My work is created in response to an experience,” mentioned Braziel
These kind of experiences, akin to her go to to one other large-scale wildfire that worn out a majority of the state park in Bastrop, TX, started to inform a sequence of labor known as paper accumulation that allowed her to address the sentiments of powerlessness that surrounded nationwide and world points by a method of deeply cathartic, repetitive processes. For Braziel, the feel created by these repetitive processes current on this sequence, and amongst different our bodies of Braziel’s work, attracts the viewer to uncover abstracted depictions of nature meant to reignite their connection to it. With the paper accumulation sequence specifically, the viewer can’t assist however be captivated by the rivulets of colour meandering over layers of seemingly spontaneous texture. So charming, in truth, that the Savannah College of Art and Design determined to wrap buses in Savannah and Atlanta with one in all her works from paper accumulation titled, “In the Pines.”
The SCAD buses are only a snippet of Braziel’s success as an artist who has exhibited her work each nationally and internationally. Braziel graduated from SCAD with a B.F.A. in 2008. After transferring to Houston in 2013, she accomplished a six-month residency on the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, acted as member of Box13 Artspace, acquired the Houston Individual Artist Grant, and exhibited at venues akin to Lawndale Art Center, Galveston Art Center, Gray Contemporary Gallery, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.
In addition to her follow, Rebecca has intensive data of art schooling by her earlier place as Teaching Artist for the Museum of Fine Arts Houston in addition to main workshops and camps on the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.
In 2020 Rebecca returned to Savannah together with her husband and 4 youngsters and since her return, has acted as an Alumni Mentor for the SCAD Fibers Department and an ON:VIEW Artist in Residence at Sulfur Studios downtown.
“It is great to be back and see that southern hospitality is alive and well,” mentioned Braziel of her return to Savannah. “The art community here is filled with charming, talented people who are quick to share opportunity and connect.”
Braziel nonetheless maintains sturdy relationships with the art neighborhood in Houston by the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and Lawndale Arts Center having simply despatched a portray to be featured in Lawndale’s 2022 Lending Library Program.
“As far as what’s next, I am currently working on a number of commissioned pieces and committing more time to research,” mentioned Braziel. “Right now, I am learning about paper making processes, lichen, and the impacts of plastic use.”
You can comply with alongside on her journey by visiting her web site at rebeccabraziel.com or her Instagram @RebeccaBraziel.