“I see my goal as creating art that touches people, creating something that makes life better.”
Raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Tucson Sculptor Rebecca Thompson draws on the rich history of each site to develop her themes. Whether she is creating monumental structures or intimate pieces her work feels natural and peaceful.
Her graduate studies at Cornell University took place just as the 9-11 event transpired in New York City. She says that this event changed the course of her graduate thesis and she became committed to make art that she felt was meaningful on a broader scale than the common practice of promoting singular “artistic pursuits.” Art for Rebecca is a visual language, a way to cross barriers of gender, culture and economics.
She is at ease with the casting process of metals as well as wood carving and stone structures as well as architecturally designed monuments and garden areas.
Her monumental work in downtown Phoenix titled “The Phoenix” speaks about the City’s history and is the first of its kind. The 28 foot high rammed earth and bronze structure is 80 tons of earth. Her dedication to detail and to the collaborative process necessary for large scale site-specific art makes all of her projects a great success.
She is an active community member and often accepts projects that require community involvement. Her desire to create contemplative work has led to her involvement with commemorative garden spaces and meditation gardens for public parks, and corporate and educational establishments.