Cut Fruit

Where Are They Now?

The Daily Palette often features art from the Graduate Archive to celebrate exemplary work by students who have earned advanced degrees in studio art from the University of Iowa. "Where Are They Now?" gives us the exciting opportunity to catch up with some of these artists, to find out what they have been up to since leaving school and to feature their more contemporary work! Look for links to their previous appearance on The Daily Palette below.

Cut Fruit, Acrylic on paper, mounted on board, 16" x 20", 2015

After earning her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Iowa in 2000, Rebecca Roberts when on to devote her time to teaching art to elementary and secondary school students, with the exception of a two-year stint from 2002 to 2004, when she taught art education at the Pratt Institute. She has also continued to develop her own work and has participated in several exhibitions in New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. In addition, she has created an excellent website where you can see more of her paintings, drawings, and textiles, along with videos of presentations Rebecca has given at conferences!

In her own words

I am interested in the way things work, in systems, and the layered nature of contemporary life. I seek out beauty in the world around me, light shining through fall leaves, fog on the river, paint peeling to show colors from years past. I go for walks, I collect objects, and I take lots of pictures. Inspiration is fair game.

These paintings are an accumulation of lines. I make them over the course of many short sessions in my studio. This process works for me and developed in response to changes in my life after becoming a mother several years ago. The lines are as straight as I can make them at the time, which requires a certain type of attention. I have to be as present as I can be in that moment. Paintings often start with an idea about a color relationship or a desire to explore a particular composition. As I work I think about relationships, light and dark, bright and dull, full and empty, near and far, and how they remind me of things I've seen and experienced.

Earlier appearance on The Daily Palette

Rebecca Roberts online

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on February 24, 2017

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