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ECG 2019 Torso description

Rebecca Skelton

The hands were first, they were to be pushing out, as though they were trying to feel their way.The arms layer backwards into a torso composed of a night sky appearing to extend deeply behind the canvas and contained by a ribcage formed of water. Soft force becomes structure. Because I wanted it to be definitely female, I added breasts. Are they speaking, ready to kiss, about to suckle back, ready to bite? The swallow shape implied by the color bones allows the figure to morph into the next unknown panel. (Also I get to make a slightly dirty joke.) For her to connect with bird, she grew wings of her own. The blue reminded me of Medieval religious icons, so I made the background metallic gold. 

From the abundance of blues, the flying bird, the surprised hands, and the gold, I was inspired to name my panel “Annunciation.” Perhaps the “rough beast” is already “slouching towards Bethlehem?

About Rebecca Skelton:

Rebecca Skelton earned her B.F.A. and M.F.A. from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama.  She worked in the advertising industry in Atlanta before moving to St. Petersburg in 1985. Ms. Skelton’s work has been collected, exhibited, and published since 1974. She has taught art classes as an adjunct professor for University of Tampa, St. Petersburg College, USF St. Petersburg, HCC Ybor, and Eckerd College as well as for the Morean Arts Center, Creative Clay, Youth Arts Corps, and the Dali Museum. Her work can be seen in the Morean Arts Center, Florida CraftArt Gallery, Davidson’s Fine Art, and Articles. As a volunteer, Ms. Skelton has participated in many community projects, including for St. Petersburg’s First Night, the Museum of Fine Arts Garden Party series, the Salvador Dali Museum, WMNF, the Humane Society, American Stage, Stageworks, Tampa Aids Network, Visual Aids, Habitat for Humanity, CASA, Katrina/Rita hurricane relief, Family Resources, Family Services, Bayfront Hospital and Southeastern Guide Dogs.

I believe that the making of art and viewing of art are transformative experiences. It is easy to express anger, horror and pain. The challenge is to reach beyond the present. I would like the viewing of my work to be a healing force and to evoke an emotional release. Although most of my work contains an undercurrent of longing and melancholy, the overall images convey redemption: the feeling of being burned clean after a fever breaks, the realization of the miracle of existence and the recovery from loss.

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