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Rebecca Worth

Rebecca Worth


Artist biography

Rebecca Worth

Rebecca Worth was born and raised in Canberra. Rebecca’s artistic practice began in 2007 with an introduction to digital photography and basic filmmaking, continuing on during Years 11 and 12. Rebecca’s work explores themes of the construction of identity, the subjectivity of human experience, and the perception of womanhood from her own experience. She is an avid reader, working for many years in a number of bookstores,  which has also resulted in her work exploring literary theoretical ideas seeking to demonstrate them through a visual medium. While not studying Rebecca enjoys making furniture, writing on her typewriter and organises a small bi-annual art, craft and music fair. She is currently undertaking her undergraduate degree in Arts/Visual Arts at the Australian National University in Canberra.

Artist work: A Thought of One's Own – Portrait Series

Medium: 12 large format silver gelatin contact prints framed with matte board insert
Dimensions: 4 in x 5 in
Date: November 2012

Artist statement: A Thought of One's Own

A typewriter stands in a museum, a disused armory from the old days when wars of the intellect were waged on the pages of letters. This relic stands as a reminder of the days when women wrote, with no right to vote, contributing to political discourse and social change. Women writers in nineteenth-century Australia illustrated the freedom and independence that the act of writing gave them; though legally denied a vote these women chose not to deny themselves a voice.

In homage to these women, I have attempted to re-envision portraits of five pivotal female writers: Stella Miles Franklin, Ethel Florence Richardson, Ethel Turner, Barbara Baynton and Louisa Atkinson. I have recreated two portraits of each woman, one of their silhouette illustrating the enigmatic identity of an imagined author and the other re-creating their portraits in a traditional style. These portraits give attention and due awareness to those women who dared to seek change and to express publicly a thought of their own.

Artist work: Desk Installation – Interactive Installation

Medium: An old writing desk with interactive artifacts and a chair.
Date: November 2012

Artist statement: Desk Installation

I have sought to recreate a common space for all of the writers that are featured in the portrait series ’A Bright & Fiery Troop’, bringing together artifacts that I used to reconstruct their images together with information from their writings. In order to fully appreciate the literary work that these women produced, it is imperative that the conditions under which they wrote are also addressed. Most women could not have had, as Virginia Woolf so aptly stated, ‘A room of one’s own’. However, they must have at least had a writing desk. This desk served as a quiet place of contemplation, adventure and rebellion.This desk’s intimacy, beauty and simplicity is representative of those women who wrote, sought and fought for the independence for womanhood. 

Artist work: Egg Portraits

Medium: Six liquid light portraits inside eggs  presented on egg holders.
Dimensions: approximately 4 cm x 7 cm
Date: November 2012

Artist statement: Egg portraits

These egg portraits were created using an alternative darkroom process known as Liquid Light. This emulsion technique requires heating a light sensitive gel and then applying it to a desired surface, then exposing it to light and developing an image. In experimenting with this process I have chosen to apply a number of different portraits that I have shot on film to the inside of eggs. These eggs are fragile and will eventually disintegrate. The beauty lies in the fragility of the material on which the image is applied, not simply the image itself. Just as time passes and one ages and slowly falls apart, so do these portraits - they will become too brittle and eventually turn to dust. In a simple way, these portraits illustrate the beauty of mortality.  

Artist work: The Wild Horses – Video Installation

Medium: Short film. Video with sound collaboration by Luke Worth
Duration: 3.02 minutes
Date: November 2012

Artist statement: The Wild Horses

The Wild Horses video piece is a response to Mary Gilmore’s poem of the same name. In this work I seek to reinterpret the poem’s meaning. In studying the literary cues within the text, the work takes on a meaning far beyond the aesthetic admiration of a wild horse; rather the figure of a ‘wild woman’ is the true object of admiration. This work explores the construction of the poem on the typewriter, the feminist metaphors with which the poem can be read and the freedom that writing represented to women in nineteenth-century Australia.