I have moved nine times in my life. I begin each relocation as an outsider. As a result, I have grown comfortable participating in an unfamiliar community, not quite yet mine. I almost prefer it. Or maybe I am just bored without this challenging edge of discomfort to conquer. Either way, I crave the unfamiliar. This outsider-phase is a time full of discovery, on the way to understanding and belonging. My drive to untangle the local truths, keeps me on task.
I feel this has worked its way into my art. I repeatedly surround myself with unfamiliarity and then try to learn my way out of it. It has come to the point where it feels dishonest to be creating art unless I am working with a subject, media or tools that are in some way very new or previously unknown to me. The only way to discover the pathway to my goal, is to do. And to question, gather, learn, allow failure and to create.
• MFA, MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art), Mt Royal School of Art
• Master’s in Medical Illustration, University of Illinois at Chicago
• BFA, University of Michigan
Berlin, Germany; Seoul, Korea; Portland, OR; Baltimore, MD; Washington, DC and Pittsburgh, PA.
Becky has been awarded a Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center Collaborative Fellowship Residency and a Heinz endowment to attend Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA). She has served two artist residencies in Germany and one in Estonia, among others.