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“My work expands upon my interest in geology, biology, maps and the undercurrents that continually shape and reshape our world. These forces – from gradual erosion to violent upheaval – are powerful metaphors for life experiences and the ebbs and flows of relationships. My paintings and installations become mappings where scale is shifted and obscured, articulating fractal patterns found in nature. I construct spaces through juxtapositions: micro and macro, graphic and atmospheric, organic and geometric, positive and negative, manual and mechanical, linear and solid. I am continually challenged by creating environments that bridge these polarities.”

– Rebecca Rutstein, 2017

Rebecca McAlpin Photography

Philadelphia-based artist Rebecca Rutstein – whose work spans painting, installation, sculpture and public art – explores concepts inspired by science, data and maps. With interests in geology, microbiology and marine science, Rutstein has been an artist in residence in Iceland, Hawaii, the Canadian Rockies and Vermont, and most recently collaborating with scientists on board research vessels sailing from the Galápagos Islands to Southern California, Vietnam to Guam and in Tahiti.

Rutstein has exhibited extensively in museums, institutions and galleries throughout the United States including solo exhibitions at the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks, Cornell University (NY), Philadelphia International Airport, Swarthmore College (PA) and Fleisher Art Memorial (PA), and in group exhibitions at the NY Hall of Science, Bishop Museum (HI), Exploratorium (CA), Susquehanna Art Museum (PA), Bucknell University (PA) and Rowan University (NJ). She has received numerous grants including a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, an Independence Foundation Fellowship and a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Grant. Rutstein has garnered recent attention through interviews and features on NPR, Huffington Post and Vice Magazine. Her work can be found in many public collections including Temple University, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Rutstein holds a BFA from Cornell University (with abroad study in Rome) and an MFA from University of Pennsylvania. She is currently represented by Bridgette Mayer Gallery (Philadelphia), Zane Bennett Contemporary/Form & Concept (Santa Fe) and Sherry Leedy Contemporary (Kansas City, MO).