About the Artist
Rebecca Sexton is an artist.
She was born and raised in a small, rural town in Washington state. For her undergraduate studies, she attended St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, where she focused on liberal arts. After college, she lived on Arizona, where she taught elementary, middle, and high school.
She is currently pursuing an MFA in Photography and an MA in History of Contemporary Art at the San Francisco Art Institute. Her art practice currently focuses on documenting and examining the way that her own body exists, as well as what it means to be grounded to the earth.
I come from a family of loggers. Growing up in the woods, I felt the eyes of those hidden creatures who live within them. It is an exhilarating, terrifying sensation. There are unknown, autonomous worlds within the woods.
My work juxtaposes bodies, trees, and land in performative photographs. I am both an embodiment of intergenerational violence, and the inheritor of intergenerational sexual trauma. The violence, of which I am a partial product, is tied to this setting. Both body and land are regularly violated without due regard for their respective agencies. These photographs position the body and the land as sites of remembrance, rootedness, resistance, and resolve.
By placing my naked body within landscape, I expose a human body in the way that nature itself is exposed. I become part of the paradox of magic joy and deep fear that I first felt among the trees and eyes. I am interweaving my body with place. Through this interwoven relationship, I am able to become an active and vulnerable subject within my own story. Making these photographs is a meditation, a compulsion, a necessity. It is the way I attempt to understand the violence that was done to me. It is an attempt to reckon with the violence my family has inflicted upon the land.