Drawing upon her background in painting and film, Rebecca Webb’s photography has evolved from intimate explorations of personal indoor domestic spaces to expansive outdoor environments and terrains. In her first series, Sutures: Stories with Seams, she intensely examined her closest relationships, in diptych and single frame images. In Mother: Nature, Webb explored contemporary motherhood in the realm of nature vs. technology. For her series Gentlemen's Paintings, she photographed women at mid-life emulating the poses of female subjects in Francisco Goya’s iconic paintings as a way to address her own concerns with aging. She then brought the lens in closer to one of her parents with a body of work titled The Philosophy of Land Ownership that responded to her relationship with father Michael Webb--his mortality, and his architectural oeuvre. The artist attempts to reconcile with her father through not just interaction with him, but through interaction with each other’s art, centering on landscapes in flux or graphical interventions with them. Most recently, she transitioned her interest in interpersonal identity and relationships to nature itself, allowing her image-making to play out with more physical intervention and in addition to graphical manipulation. She is focused on themes of memory and transition in the high desert, and mark-making through framing and disruption.

Shortened artist statement
Rebecca Webb is a photographer who explores themes of transformation in the desert landscapes of Southern California, as well as the elasticity of image making, where chance meets intent. Her most recent investigations are playful interventions and quasi staged manipulations—choosing to both observe and frame as well as set-up and impose—and still retain the theatricality of her earlier staged work.

“I am moving away from intimate and personal narratives to universal themes of metamorphosis and transformation in the natural world and attempting acts of control yet allowing for mercuriality."

Co-written by Bruna Mori