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Meet Rebecca Webb of Rebecca Webb Studio

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rebecca Webb.

Rebecca, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My career/life path has been far from straight. However, I have always been an artist. I studied painting and printmaking in college, from there I painted portraits in Haiti, studied painting at NYU at the graduate level, fell in with a group of NYU student filmmakers and worked towards becoming a film editor. The first film I worked on was “Pi” by Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan,” “Requiem for a Dream,” etc.). I was one of the people logging in film footage.

I worked in other areas of filmmaking, such as producer, post-production supervisor, and location scout. It was with the birth of my son at the age of 33 when I “found” photography — as cliche as this sounds, I started photographing my then baby boy, and incorporating him into staged family “scenes,” to explore concepts of motherhood. At this time I was also working at Harvard University as a managing editor of a top-ranked international relations journal and decided to take a color photo class with the esteemed photographer Sage Sohier. I was irrevocably hooked.

Fast forward a few years to when I met my second husband (when I was still at Harvard), a poli-science professor at UCSD. My son and I left our life in Boston and moved to San Diego to join him, with some trepidation as my entire family lives on the east coast.

However, my life as an artist and curator blossomed here. I was lucky enough to be selected for the Film Curator position at UCSD out of hundreds of applications back in 2008.

Since leaving that position, I have been fortunate enough to have a steady stream of curatorial work and have so much fun doing it, while maintaining my artistic career. I love championing artists work. I am now evolving into producing interactive installation work in addition to cultivating my still photography career. I am surprised and delighted by the doors that continuously open in both my areas of interest.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
My main obstacles as a younger person have been self-doubt and lack of artistic focus.

But with time, age, and experience, I have been able to work through these impediments and hone my interests and skills. Only now, at the age of 51, are things starting to make sense and take direction!

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Rebecca Webb Studio story. Tell us more about the business.
For most of my artistic career I have focused on making photo-based works; ranging from portraiture to landscapes, with a bent towards a cinematic and painterly aesthetic. The connective tissue between each body of work has been the investigation of constructed identities in relation to both personal and public space. All my work has embodied elements of performance or staging.

Currently, I am evolving my practice to produce my own interactive, large-scale art installations with a focus on environmental structures that mirror human behaviors. At present, I am developing an interactive (500 square feet) experience entitled “Network,” in collaboration with the preeminent tree communication scholar, Dr. Suzanne Simard. This project is about how trees communicate vis a vis complex underground symbiotic systems that mimic our own neural and social networks.

In the spring of 2018, I produced an immersive “24-hour” installation for Wonderspaces at the Lafayette Hotel and worked with the Oceanside Museum of Art as an independent curator. Currently, I am curating the exhibition “San Diego: The Architecture of Four Ecologies” at the La Jolla Historical Society, to open September 2018.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. SO true!

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Image Credit:
©J.Lawrence Broz

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