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Rebecca Johnson

Larry Becker Contemporary Art

Echoing natural forms and materials, Rebecca Johnson’s most recent sculptures range widely in scale and their degree of complexity. To produce these works, Johnson carves many varieties of wood and stone, which she occasionally combines with cement reinforced with fiberglass, and sometimes paints or charrs. The pieces in which the natural materials underwent the fewest transformations were the most rewarding.

The water or moss used in two of the smallest works lends them a kind of organicism. Dream Pool, 1995, a marble sculpture shaped like a pillow, in which a hollow resembling the imprint left by a head is filled with water, lay on the floor. In that depression floated a small piece of slate that suggested a single, centered eye or perhaps the formation of a thought. Less recognizably organic, but ultimately more characteristic of Johnson’s work, Wetlands, 1995, sat obliquely above a

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