Rebekah Andrade holds a BFA in Visual Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Currently, she is studying graphic design through Parsons School of Design in New York City and recently completed a residency at Otis College of Art in Los Angeles. Her work has been shown in Canada, the United States, and Chile, and been reviewed by Edeltraut and The Gathered Gallery. In 2018 her work was selected for the Art with Heart auction at the AGO in Toronto featuring the country’s foremost established and emerging contemporary artists. She will be one of 44 artists in the New American Painting catalogue, issue #144, to be released Sept/Oct 2020.
Through re-imagined environments and composed structures, Rebekah’s work explores notions of objective and subjective realities. Within the layers of geometric combinations, meandering lines, contrasting palettes and recurring forms are abstractions representing psychological states and our physical surroundings. Repetition is a crucial element in Andrade's work, employed as a method for balancing compulsive and reflective thoughts, and rethinking the concrete and ambiguous spaces we inhabit. To expand on compositional and conceptual possibilities, traditional and experimental woodblock printing techniques are incorporated, creating movement, depth, and texture. The mindful process of carving and stamping, precise yet unpredictable in its nature, contrasts with notions of the ‘ideal’ and an anxious attachment to outcome. Through her creative process, a visual language has emerged that drives Andrade’s practice, challenging perceptions and beliefs within our internal and external environments.