Gordonsville
 
Virginia

Artist's statement

Full Artist's statement

Rebecca Silberman Trespassers

My most recent work emerges from an interest in miniatures and as an extension of experience with optical devices: cameras and viewers of all kinds from the 19th century through to the present.  The images are from installations which feature micro-miniature “bone dolls” or articulated puppets. Each of the puppets features a micro tattoo which classifies them as a “Trespasser,”--a marker of identity tied to an implied narrative. With permission from Ben Marcus, the “Air Trance” installation includes a passage from The Age of Wire and String. The writing is presented as a kind or ghost text which is only readable as a shadow. It communicates an almost post-apocalyptic use of language that corresponds to the reconstitution of the effigies as a representation of meaning over form. The miniature interiors are drawn directly from dreams that have later turned out to be precognitive.

All work by Rebecca

Rebecca Silberman
2013, 16” x 32” x 5”, wood panel, bone doll puppet, magnifying lens, etched Plexiglas, lights, wire, nails, peephole assemblage
Rebecca Silberman
2013, 3” x 3” X .5”, found animal jaw, glass eyes, epoxy putty, wire, .5mm stamped tattoo
Rebecca Silberman
2012, 3.5” x 3.5” x 3.5”, peephole lens, micro spot and flood lights, landscape with tiny metal bed and wax in plastic egg half
Rebecca Silberman
2012, dimensions variable (roughly 8' x 12' x 1'), scrap metal, aerial lens, wind-up music box works, lights, plaster casts, tintypes, book pages, assorted found objects
Rebecca Silberman
2012, mother doll/puppet: 3”, baby doll/puppet: 1.5”, found animal bone, glass eyes, epoxy putty, wire, hair, cotton, found objects, metal grid and lights
Rebecca Silberman
2011, 4.5” x 1.5” x 1.5”, found animal jaw, glass eyes, epoxy putty, wire, cotton, magnifying lens, wood fungus, glass dome
Rebecca Silberman
2011, 56” x 8” x 8” , found animal jaw, epoxy putty, hair, wire, branch, white powdered pigment with mica, wood fungus, pins, magnifying lens, glass dome, metal stand, music box works