Rebecca Wild is an artist and calligrapher in Portland, Oregon. Her work combines a passion for letterforms with the luminous characteristics of drawing materials and paint. She has a B.A. in studio art and teaches locally at Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland Community College, and Sitka Center for Art and Ecology.
The action of writing is where my artistic exploration finds fertile ground. The movement of written line and the shapes of letters fascinate me. Coming from a background in calligraphy, most of my art is text based.
I work simultaneously with drawing, painting and calligraphy tools. I use graphite, charcoal, pastels, and acrylics to create as many as a dozen transparent layers. The literal aspects of writing are often veiled beneath these thin layers, waiting to be revealed.
I often begin with a base of charcoal and graphite to create luminosity and structure. The forms and shapes that emerge from this shadow dictate my palette and word choice. Text is used to accentuate tonal value and is there not to preach but to whisper. Edges are as important as surface. I work from the inside out and let each layer inform the next. It is a slow process and a lesson in restraint, for every decision I make is visually present in the end. The entire history is known.