Rebekah Bogard is a skilled ceramicist who creates beautiful androgynous ceramic creatures and complex environments. Along with working many hours in her studio on a regular basis she is an assistant professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. She creates stunning fictional animals that emulate vulnerable, beauty, and mystery. Her fantastical narratives come to life through complex gallery installations. During her Crush exhibition in 2010 Bogard filled the floor of the gallery with water. Her Flesh + Bone series is currently on view at the Stremmel Gallery in Reno, NV and she was recently in the Sloan Fine Art Gallery’s Awakened exhibition.
“As a female artist, I am interested in gender and how specific gender roles are assigned to both girls and women. I exploit normative female iconography such as flowers, butterflies, and curving-sensuous lines as well as “feminine” color combinations such as pinks and purples. I embrace female sexuality, vulnerability and romance not as the stereotypical taboo, but as an empowered re-contextualization. Through these creatures, I embrace and reclaim female stereotypes, powerful messages relevant to today’s world.” Quote by Rebekah Bogard
I encourage you to visit her process page for a fascinating revelation on the complexity of her ceramic process.
Bogard Rebekah Installing for Contemporary Ceramics at the Stremmel Gallery