About Rebecca Stevenson
Rebecca Stevenson with her work at the V&A, London, June 2023
photo: Kevin Percival
Rebecca Stevenson's sculptures appear to be in a state of transition, at once in bloom and in decay. Wilfully decorative, a feast for the eye, their ravishing colour and exquisite detail lure the gaze. But on closer inspection the work reveals itself as having a darker aspect: the spectacle becomes unsettling, or frankly absurd.
Stevenson's practice draws upon a broad range of art historical sources, from Renaissance & Baroque sculpture to Vanitas painting; from grotesque ornament design to Rococo porcelain; from anatomical imagery to the objects created for Early Modern wunderkammers. Via her unique and complex visual language - a dance between material, process, form and 'informe' - her objects interrogate the contemporary meaning and experience of being flesh.
Rebecca Stevenson graduated from Chelsea College of Art & Design in 1998 and the Royal College of Art in 2000.
In 2022 - 2023 she was was Artist-in-Residence at the V&A, London.
Her solo shows include 'In Transformation' at the V&A, London; 'Delicate Pleasures' at Fasanenschloessen Moritzburg, Dresden; 'Bacchanale' at Collect 2020/James Freeman Gallery, London; ‘Fantasia’ at Van der Grinten, Cologne; ‘Tempting Nature’ at Mogadishni, Copenhagen; ‘Exquisite Corpse’ at DomoBaal, London.
Recent group exhibitions include: Symptom: Barock' at Schloss Eutin, Germany, with Margret Eicher, Simone Demandt and Myriam Thyes; "Modern Baroque" at James Freeman Gallery, London with Daniel Hosego; "Centuries in the Making' at Bonhams, London and Compton Verney, Warwickshire with Grinling Gibbons, Alexander McQueen, Phoebe Cummings, Lucille Lewin and others; 'Artists' Conquest' at Schloss Pillnitz/Museum of Applied Arts, Dresden with Margret EIcher, Luzia SImons and Myriam Thyes; 'So Beautiful It Hurts' at James Freeman Gallery, London, with Carolein Smit and Andrew McIntosh; 'B.A.R.O.C.K' at Schloss Caputh, Potsdam and ME Collectors Room, Berlin, curated by Mark Gisbourne and Margret Eicher, with artists Margret Eicher, Luzia Simons and Myriam Thyes
Stevenson’s works are held in the Maramotti Collection, the Kraft Collection and the collection of the State Palaces and Gardens of Saxony as well as in numerous private collections internationally.
Rebecca Stevenson lives and works in London