After completing her BFA with an emphasis in metalsmithing and jewelry in her hometown state of Illinois, 23 year old Rebecca Barton recently pulled up roots and moved to Kansas to attend graduate school. In her artist statement, Barton describes what fuels the work:
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“As a way to explain a state of being, plants have become the focus of my investigations and detailed depictions. Fusing realistic imagery with metalwork, I depict vulnerability and insecurity through the use of plants as the palette for my emotions. Plants as metaphors, both in literary iconography and visual symbolism, can describe changes and stages of life.
I’m quiet when I look at these pieces and I want to see more. She’s one to watch.
Just Begun, ring