Rebecca Mutz

How do the environments we experience at a young age and our innate desire for connection affect the spaces we are drawn to as adults? What relationships exist between interiors and exteriors, security and vulnerability, private and public places, and obsessiveness and reflection? What constitutes the idea of home? How much of it is the physical structure or social interactions? What happens when we lose this comfort? What impact does time have on a way a space holds memory or expectations? What is the relationship between architecture and memory and how is it activated? Semi-private, semi-public liminal spaces such as gardens, doors, windows, bridges, and porches invite particular anticipations, but can memory and places like bars function in the same way?

The work examines these ideas, drawing the viewer into a mnemonic environment where fragmented elements near completion before becoming abstract and void; unfinished areas and mark-making remain equally essential. What was once an interior could be re-defined as an exterior or vise versa; the line between memory, reflection, and imagination also becoming blurred.

Loss is experienced through death, relationships, and spaces; concepts that relate to one another are processed through similar ways. Personally, this is what motivates the work: loss of the physical house which I grew up and lived in with my grandparents until they passed away, loss of relationships (and the spaces connected to them), and anxiety about finding comfort in future relationships and places.

Most artwork is currently for sale. If interested contact via e-mail under the contact section.