Rebecca Wallis British , b. 1964

Wallis’s paintings use materiality and process to speak of the self between suspense and surrender. They refer to abjection, the loss of distinction between the Self and the Other, and of the self as fluid, breaking, fragmenting or collapsing. Her interest lies in these contradictory experiences between separation and wholeness of the Self.  The inclusion of separating, repositioning and extending in the process of her practice refers to this abjection, the messy separation between herself as a mother and her daughters. She makes analogies between the painting and the self to reconfigure how it can be perceived. Her paintings become objects that include traces of their own processes; of breaking and making, expanding and collapsing, extending and condensing. In recognising all the other parts of the painting other than their surface, her works become vessels. They’re born from inclusiveness and empathy to voice their significant depth. They embrace disturbancies of the order of both the fixed painting and self and absence to question our need to fix and position within our binary thinking. Her current work includes both uncertainty and absence as a potential exit from the tight fragility of this self