Rebecca Spilecki is a sculptor, printmaker, papermaker, poet, and educator working from her home studio in Maine. She attended Wellesley College, graduating magna cum laude, and was inducted into the nation’s oldest academic honor society, Phi Beta Kappa. She sometimes lends her skills to her local community theaters, custom-building specialty props. Her prints, sculptures, and handmade, custom-watermarked papers have been displayed across the country, and in the Spring of 2020, she was a Featured Artist on Campus at the University of Maine at Farmington as well as being in residence at A.I.R. Studio Paducah.
My favored art-making practices are printmaking and sculpture, wherein I experiment with the media and methodologies concomitant with each. In print, I investigate structures of oppression, power, and privilege, looking at a wide array of social justice concerns regarding reproductive battles, race, trans rights, and more. Sculpturally, I generally explore the female body, in whole or in part, often focusing on reproduction, maternity, or deliberate materiality. I tend towards solidity in physicality, towards intimate but largely asexual portrayals, frank and often unpretty. Despite this, though, I simultaneously refuse to ground myself too firmly in practical reality, instead choosing either mythologizing the norm or norming the mythological. In those moments I do leave behind the body, I turn instead often to creatures unreal or extinct, trying still to ground them and offer them quieter, somehow still relatable life.