Rebecca Stevenson graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2001.¬†
Stevenson fuses desire with disgust, cute with ugly, beauty with abject in her sculptures. Sculpting animals - rabbits, deers, polar bears - finished in sugary colours and textures, her work has a Disney-esque association, a symbol for the sickly sweet. This is disrupted by the sight of a wound on the animal, a large gapping hole as the skin is peeled back to revel insides - of flowers and fruits, juicy and seemingly sticky and wet. The transition from nice to nasty to nice is a sensory journey Stevenson relentlessly engages the viewer in. Her sculptures are site of contradiction and in definability. A baroque spectacle simultaneously for the beautiful and grotesque, Stevenson‚Äôs sculptures articulates the darkness in life, the uncontainibility and unfixed nature of human existence. Extending past the visual Stevenson’s sculptures engage all the senses in the viewing of the work, the indefinable waxy surface arouses a desire to touch the work, the sugary finish evokes a desire to taste the work, the flowers provoking a need to smell the work. The works are compelling in their ability to build desire from repulsion.