Review of my painting, "Not Yet" in Romantica Exhibition, by Ilaria Falchetti, Mads Milano Gallery
Rebecca Volkmann is a very skilled and daring American artist. In painting she has found a way to express herself, a refuge from reality and a remedy for life’s pains and obstacles we face every day. Rebecca creates her works inspired by the irrational world, poems, dreams and her surroundings. She asks herself questions and finds answers in the shapes and colours she puts on the canvas. Art is comfort. Art allows one to embark on a reflective and meditative, personal journey that leads to the psycho-physical well-being of the person. For artists, art is a safe place in which to express all their creativity. A place where they can put their feelings in writing without speaking, just letting their emotions flow. For Rebecca, this is art. She often paints the human being, the connections that are made with relationships and the close link with the soul. One example is her beautiful artwork “Not Yet”. In the foreground is a woman, probably a self-portrait of the artist. The woman is in a reflective position, sitting with her legs together and her gaze lost in the void. Her complexion is pale, contrasting with the dark dress she is wearing, and she bears bruises on her breasts. Behind her we can recognise a human figure and other anthropomorphic and abstract figures in both warm and cold colours. These could express the protagonist’s inner struggle, what is not seen but what is perceived. The brushstrokes are instinctive, spontaneous and the figures are surrounded by a thick black line. Red symbolizes passion, love but also restlessness. Blue is calm and balanced. The colours are pure and without shading, the shadows are given by darker touches that give three-dimensionality. ‘Not Yet’ carries deep messages. It is a personal quest of the artist within her life experiences, a journey into her emotions that she tries to convey to the viewer. The artwork recounts a mix of strong emotions that inevitably lead human beings to make choices. Life is made up of choices that contain inner disagreements, fears, insecurities that make us vulnerable, but it is necessary to investigate them, to know ourselves. This is a strong, impactful work of art that reveals much of the artist’s combative and strong character. She is not afraid to reveal his emotions; on the contrary, she wants to investigate, to give herself answers. During the creative process, she lets herself be guided by what she feels. Her artworks are very intuitive. In all her works, Rebecca starts from her own life and begins a creative path by experimenting with new techniques and languages. There are clear references to contemporary avant-garde art, both in terms of forms and the fact that she wants to show an inner world, made up of disagreements and contrasts. To all this, Rebecca adds an extremely personal touch thanks to the narration and the keys to interpretation of her artworks. “Not Yet” is an invitation to be strong, not to give in to the first obstacle that life puts in front of us. We are much stronger than we look and being sometimes sad, weak, conflicted, sensitive or vulnerable does not make us less strong. It makes us human beings.
Art Curator Ilaria Falchetti