Rebecca Swan is an interdisciplinary artist based in Aotearoa New Zealand, working predominantly with photography and video. Her light filled studio is in a 100 year old house which she shares with her partner Jack, their dog Honey and cat Mr Frost. They grow vegetables in the back garden and there is a 150 year old pohutukawa tree in the front.
Rebecca’s work is personal and intuitive in nature and often draws on her own life experiences including cancer, sexual orientation, gender diversity, spirituality. Whist her work can be discussed in social political frame works, it’s the experiential nature of it that she’s most interested in.
As the winner of the Fulbright- Wallace Art Award, Rebecca will take up a residency for three months at Headlands Centre for the Arts in San Francisco in 2018. Since 1990 she has exhibited in major galleries and museums in Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, Spain, England, Scotland, Germany and China.
Her most recent exhibition, The Exquisite Wound, questions how we relate to the disappearance of our physical bodies, which begs the question, “what are we without them?” This exhibition is touring Aotearoa New Zealand and won the 2016 S+ART Award.
Since 2004 Rebecca’s book Assume Nothing has been published in eleven countries. The Dowse curated the touring exhibition Assume Nothing, Celebrating Gender Diversity and from 2008- 2012 it toured five public galleries in Aotearoa New Zealand and two galleries in Spain.