By Jacki Coleman
|Ceramic Set, 2014|
Rebecca Bella Rich does it again with this beautiful eye catching sculpture set. This piece of art embodies Rich’s lively and empathetic spirit. The tactile quality of pottery allows Rebecca to capture tranquility through the methodical process and display freedom through her expressive construction.
The craftsmanship is distinctive and her evident use of pressure builds abstractions of the deconstructed human form. The largest sculptural form is reminiscent of a woman’s silhouette, exaggerated extremities mimic dancing arms swinging freely in the air; freedom and independence are themes often visited in Rich’s work. The two additional figurines are not equal in size, but when placed in close proximity with the main sculpture provide balance and pathways for the viewer’s eyes to travel over the three pieces together.
Rebecca’s choice of muted tones makes these pieces visually stunning while the relationship of the hues creates a tranquil sense. The yellow demands attention on specific planes while the blue and purple create a sense of a soft form. I purchased this piece after instantly falling in love with its both dreamy and energetic composition.
Surprisingly dark, imaginative, and autonomous themes can be seen throughout all of Rich’s work. This set of sculptures is a well executed sample of Rich’s ability to juxtapose the softer, more compassionate side of life to the often harsh reality she faces. Rich’s work gives her the outlet to express herself freely and without prejudice.