SITE Santa Fe presents a new solo SITElab exhibition by Rebecca Ward, on view from September 1 through November 5, 2022. Curated by Brandee Caoba, SITElab 17: distance to venus showcases the artist’s work at the intersection of painting and sculpture through a selection of recent pieces (2021–2022) that trace the transformative phases of pregnancy and childbirth through the language of geometry, materiality, and abstraction.

“Rebecca brings depth of feeling to the formal precision of geometric abstraction. Her labored approach to painting involves deconstructing and reconstructing her canvases. Her process involves sewing cut planes of painted and dyed canvas together and removing sections of the weft — revealing the underlying stretcher bars — emphasizing the structure of the painting beyond its surface,” says curator Brandee Caoba.

Expanding upon her previous works displaying hard angles and straight lines, the 14 works in this exhibition employ undulating curves to evoke both the landscape and an idealized, if abstracted, female form. 

Drawing from the artist’s experience as a queer person experiencing motherhood, the body of work explores the relationship between the archetype of the female goddess, the changing human body, landscape, mathematics, and celestial phenomena.

The exhibition coincides with the release of a monograph entitled before & after, which includes a conversation with SITE Santa Fe curator Brandee Caoba.

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Support for distance to venus is generously provided by Marti Meyerson and Jamie Hooper, and contributors to the SITE Santa Fe Annual Exhibition Fund.

Additional funding is provided by the City of Santa Fe Arts and Culture Department and the 1% Lodgers’ Tax.

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