Strange World by REBECCA A. FLIS
March 2 - March 27
RECEPTION: MARCH 8th, 5-7 PM
Drawings, Paintings & Sculpture
I strive to capture the process, the flow of idea from mind, to hand, and finally, matter. The final piece is an embodiment of the history of its creation. I challenge perceptions of strength and fragility, vulnerability, and ephemerality. I use my body as my language; it is both my inspiration for imagery, and my tool to create forms. I draw from my own experiences — my history, interests, and conflicts — to create works that mirror myself, either cognitively, emotionally, or physically. Like the polarities within myself, a tension exists within the work. Maybe it’s related to the vulnerability in myself, the way I frantically strive to accept my imperfections. The contradictions in material, aesthetics, and content are ones that I embody. I am forever both the pristine and the deformed, the whole and the segmented and this reality reflects in my work.
Recently, the casting process has become my new language. Casting is a multi-step process with which I am able to create multiple identical reproductions of existing forms. I am interested in the way that simply changing the material of an object can suggest new interpretations and feelings. By using unstable materials, the resulting castings are reflections of their originals, but also exist as tangible representations of passing time. Using such volatile casting media reflects the impermanence of life: sugar melts, lard and salt fall to pieces, and iron continually rusts. Likewise, we will eventually return to nothing more than the raw elements of which we are comprised.
Rebecca Flis is an avid bowler who enjoys spending summers running a sculpture shop at a visual arts camp for children. She is fervently interested in the casting process. Using non-traditional materials, she explores sensory play, materiality, and the relationship between texture and form in her work. Rebecca has taught many workshops on dung-molding, a form of natural mold-making used in some ancient casting processes, including at the 8th International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art (ICCCIA) in Scranton, PA, the 7th ICCCIA in Pedvāle, Latvia, the 2017 National Conference of Contemporary Cast Iron Art and Practices (NCCCIAP) at Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark in Birmingham, Alabama, the 8th and 10th Annual Intercollegiate Iron Pour at Salem Art Works in Salem, NY, and at Skidmore College during the Summer Casting Class taught by John Galt.
Her work has been featured in many shows including Solid Gone at the Sordoni Art Gallery at Wilkes University in Wilkes Barre, PA, the Curated Student Exhibition at Space One Eleven in Birmingham, Alabama, State of Matter by STEAMWorks in Scranton, PA, as well as a solo room in Magical Events at the Seligmann Center in Chester, NY. Her piece Palm (2014) resides in the art recruiting office at Alfred University as a part of their temporary art collection. Rebecca was born in 1992 and received her BFA with minors in Art Education and Art History from Alfred University (2014) and her MFA in Sculpture from the University at Albany – SUNY (2018).