Portfolio

Rebecca Kent

Works - Video / SketchFab

Northern Lights

My work has a focus on slowing down in order to find a sense of stillness and inner peace. The process of making the work is important, as well as the effect on the audience. I want to make a positive impact with my videos, encouraging people to spend less time on their phones and more time really living, and also force myself to slow down and really look and listen to the world around me. I have recorded myself singing all the individual parts of this choral piece by Ola Gjeilo to create a sense of calm alongside my video pieces.
Works - Video / SketchFab

Illumina le tenebre

This video piece consists of two very subtly moving videos of a bed frame with sunlight streaming in through the window. I think it is quite interesting to put such an obviously church-based choral piece (religious words, noticeably recorded in a church acoustic) in a clearly domestic setting. I am making the point that prayer and religious practices are not limited to, for example, going to church on a Sunday, but can be constant internal practices. It does not feel like something that should be restricted by time or place. At the same time, we are watching the light move across the wall in real-time, something we wouldn't usually stop to watch, or more probably have time to do, if it wasn't presented as an art piece. I have recorded myself singing all the parts to this choral piece by Joan Szymko.
Works - Video / SketchFab

Stillness: an overlaid monoprint

My work has a focus on slowing down in order to find a sense of stillness and inner peace. I have overlaid this slow film of light and shadows dancing across a pot with a monoprint. I feel it gives a slightly uncanny, surreal feeling, and creates another layer of interest, focusing on the textures and colours revealed through the ink.
Works - Video / SketchFab

Improvised singing based on rain score

Chance has been a big theme that has run through much of my work, particularly the idea of giving up control as the artist. Nature and the elements have been a focus, for this reason, often being unpredictable and uncontrollable, and I have tried a few ways of utilising this quality in my own work. I wanted to create an audio representation of nature, so decided to use the elements to create a music score that I could play or sing from. I drew out staves using watercolour, and placed the paper out in the rain for the water to create notes on the page. The pattern of five lines indicates how you read the work - as music rather than just as a drawing. I recorded myself singing an improvisation based on my rain painting. They are very intuitive and are made to be viewed alongside the visual "scores".