Rebeca Treviño – Assemblage Artist
Rebeca Treviño has spent the better part of her life, quietly, resourcefully, creating story book pages in a 3-D form from found objects purposely arranged out of context, where even the most familiar icons of pop culture are contrasted with contemporary ideology. As story teller, Treviño unsuspectingly lures the viewer into her work, first with an immediate response to the visual impact of color and composition, and then with a blindsided hook that makes it impossible to walk away. At times, Rebeca’s “unwritten stories” run as deep as the viewer dares to go, while others reveal with the simplicity of a nursery rhyme.
All of Rebeca’s art materials are salvaged from long forgotten relics that have somehow ended up in an attic, a basement, or a junk drawer, or if really lucky, a flea market or garage sale, where she will opt to give them a second chance. Rebeca’s work breathes new life into abandoned relics in a way that can be unexpectedly provocative, politically suggestive, and unquestionably deliberate.
“What’s Inside”, Rebeca’s body of work, presents introspective, but is keenly charged with the wit and wisdom of a perspective on everything from world wars to childhood dreams to religious ideology. Each of her constructions provide the viewer with a glimpse into her ability to see things beneath the surface, achieved at the hands of a craftswoman.
A lifelong collector, Rebeca’s studio is a treasure-trove of children’s toys, vintage tools and other unusual objects. Her palette is composed not of paints but of parts and scraps scavenged from constant trips to flea markets, estate and garage sales. Her method of working is best characterized by the various roles she has chosen to play, to include that of collector, editor, builder, juxtaposer. The artist’s constructions and boxes, delight in things that have been cast-off, giving them new meaning and artistic value.
Prior to dedicating herself to the creative arts fulltime, Rebeca worked in marketing and business administration for companies on both coasts and in the south where she met people with divergent customs and political bents, leaving little wonder why her work has such broad appeal. Her work has been exhibited in galleries from California to New York and, and can be found in private collections across the country and abroad.
Rebeca lives in Northern California with her husband Walter, a patron of the arts