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Rebecca J Shapass
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bensonhurst



ARTIST STATEMENT: My practice is focused in an exploration of femininity and womxnhood. This interest converges with a study of memory and time, careful research, and the employment of anachronistic technology to address themes of sexuality, identity, and the body. My work takes a highly personal approach. Diaristic elements are combined with found footage, analog video mixing, and the use of my body in performance in front of and behind the camera in order to deconstruct notions surrounding femininity through the lens of greater historical and social narratives. My works take the form of film & video, installation, performance, and multi-media art.
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  • Untitled
    2018
    Digital C-Print
    11 x 14

  • Ovum (1)
    2019
    Mixed media
    8.5" x 11"

  • MEDIA// MEDEA: Reclining Nude
    2018
    Four-channel video installation with CRT monitors, DVD players, fabric, plaster column, and plastic grapes.
    Variable
    MEDIA//MEDEA is a series of video sculptures for installation that engage with and challenge the traditional narrative of the female nude by subverting associations linked to the body through its port

  • MEDIA// MEDEA: Reclining Nude - Detail
    2018
    Four-channel video installation with CRT monitors, DVD players, fabric, plaster column, and plastic grapes.
    Variable
    MEDIA//MEDEA is a series of video sculptures for installation that engage with and challenge the traditional narrative of the female nude by subverting associations linked to the body through its port

  • Venus, Olympia, Mona, and my Mother - Installation View
    2018
    100 found, hand-treated 35mm slides for projection
    Variable
    An exploration of the visible invisibility of women’s presence and work in domestic roles and settings through the careful manipulation of found 35mm slides.

  • Venus at the Aqueduct from Venus, Olympia, Mona and my Mother
    2018
    Modified 35mm slide for projection
    1" x 1"

  • Still from "Eggless"
    2019
    Single-Channel Video
    10:00 min
    Collaging Hi8 footage from my childhood, performance for video, and images from vintage cookbooks found on the street with original text, "Eggless" explores our relationship to the egg as a

  • Still from "Eggless"
    2019
    Single-Channel Video
    10:00 min
    Collaging Hi8 footage from my childhood, performance for video, and images from vintage cookbooks found on the street with original text, "Eggless" explores our relationship to the egg as a

  • Still from "Nervous Butterfly"
    2018
    Single-Channel Video
    03:20
    A work exploring the space between life and death, the intense feeling of flight, and the desire to exist in the flux of suspended time.

  • Still from "Inside Outside Outside"
    2018
    Single-Channel Video
    02:54 loop, sound
    A text-based video work that explores time, memory, and gender using live analog video mixing. Through real-time manipulation of the video’s data, past action is juxtaposed with present thought,

  • Still from Figure Study: Associations
    2017
    Single-Channel Video
    01:28, loop, sound
    "Associations" is a a study and deconstruction of my own female anatomy. Through the removal of any sexual associations of the body, I aim to reclaim my body by showing the nude female form

  • Manifest Destiny
    2018
    Super 8mm Film to Digital Transfer
    2:18, sound
    A film about the filmmaker's journey to the West in search of the freedoms & beauty her country had promised her.

  • ~if only i could escape meself~
    2017
    Digital C-Print
    16 x 20"
    Digital collage from the ongoing series "Text Message Break-Up"
 








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