Exploring thematics such as life and death, the state of transition, and the contrast between the beauty and the grotesque, London-based artist Rebecca Stevenson creates awe-inspiring wax sculptures decorated with florals and full of delicacy.
I make sculptures to better understand what it is to be made of flesh; to be a body. Human and non-human animals are sculpted in materials that have specific resonances: wax for fluidity, bronze for stasis. Student experiences of drawing from anatomical dissections fed my fascination with the inside of things. I often use a forensic process of cutting and opening to transform works, inviting the gaze deep into the interior. Beauty has always been important. I’m a sucker for the hyperabundance of the Dutch still-life masters. The fading petal, the skull glimpsed behind the tulips, the little rose-thorn pricks of death, just make the living even more of a feast.Rebecca Stevenson