Rebecca Tanda

Second year

artist work

I articulate myself through printmaking, sculpture and video to invite conversations about statehood, mythology, power and femininity. Cartography has an axial influence on my artistic practice. The very gesture of creating a map bears so much weight historically and in considering this, I am considering alternative modes of creating and making space. My process generally begins with superimposing forms to find new spatial relationships. These can be from maps, passports, archival photographs or architectural forms. Or, creating processes that generate a starting point, such as GPS data or placing my sculptures on a scanner bed to detect the movement of light through them. I gravitate towards materials that reference structure, such as glass, steel or discarded paper. Glass as a material is crucial to my work as it allows me to express a fragility and also a preciousness, the possibility of rupture and a response to that possibility. Coupled with my studio practice, I am conducting a project in the Bridgeport community with a team, collecting and archiving oral histories of a former factory workers.

Disclaimer: All work represents the views of the INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS & AUTHORS who created them, and are not those of the school or museum of the Art Institute.