The Bath House Cultural Center presents Captivating Beauty, a retrospective exhibition of collages and mixed media art by Dallas artist, Rebecca Guy. The show is on display from June 8 to July 17, 2021. Viewing hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 12 noon to 6 PM.
Many hearts were saddened in May of this year upon hearing of Rebecca’s passing. This exhibition is an attempt to collectively celebrate the artist’s life and her artistic gifts. Given the current constraints of the pandemic, an opening reception for this exhibition has not been scheduled. Family and friends of the artist will host a private reception in June at the gallery.
Rebecca Guy realizes that almost any type of material (even those that are often discarded or labeled as unusable) has the potential of becoming a precious element of a work of art. Rebecca enjoys exploring the possibilities of those materials and often finds herself collecting pieces of paper, old prints, rubber stamps, antique toys, pressed plants, metal, and other found objects. As it is common with some creative people, Rebecca’s source materials are extensive and highly eclectic.
Spontaneity and adaptability are two defining elements in Rebecca’s creative process. According to her own statement, she rarely plans a collage or painting to the last stroke; instead, she begins working with an initial simple sketch or fragment that, little by little, begins developing and transforming itself, in reaction to the way the materials are reacting and the ever-evolving narrative in the art. What appeared to be plain and unadorned in the beginning, slowly becomes rich in texture and content. She describes the process this way: “The surfaces of my work have complexity and intricate detail, evolving layer by layer, constructed as carefully as a spider’s web. Multiplicity of texture and pattern energize the surface.” She also adds: “I bring all of my disparate materials together to create a dynamic, powerful image that resonates with the spiritual. My work is a kind of reverse archaeology where secrets and mysteries are hidden within the layers of my collages.”
In Rebecca’s work, the viewer finds the symbols from various religions, echoes of anthropology and psychology, and hints from diverse literary sources. She admires Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell as well as the Magic Realist writers and Surrealist artists of Latin America. She admires many painters of the past (Klimt, Schiele, Redon, Matisse, Chagall) as well. As an artist, she assimilates all of those influences as a part of her thought process, unconscious and instinctive.