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DEPARTMENT OF ART & ART HISTORY

Rebekah Thompson

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT, STUDIO ART

Thompson is a recent graduate of Auburn University and currently resides in Florence, Alabama. Her work was featured in Corpus Daisy, the Spring 2016 B.F.A. Candidates Senior Project Exhibition at Biggin Gallery. Her paintings were featured in several group exhibitions at Fieldwork Projects gallery and Biggin Gallery. At Biggin Gallery’s 2015 Juried Fine Art Student Exhibition, her work was selected for a Merit Award by juror Valerie Cassel Oliver. Thompson’s paintings were featured in Roma Mostra, an exhibition featuring works created by students while studying abroad with the Art in Rome program in 2014 at Fieldwork Projects. She has served as an intern for Whitespace Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia; the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center in Auburn, Alabama; and Fieldwork Projects, in Auburn, Alabama.

Underarm is part of a larger body of work created for Corpus Daisy, the Spring 2016 B.F.A. Candidates Senior Project Exhibition. The series focused on the disillusionment of beauty standards and Western society’s expectations for women’s body image, especially as defined by their hair. The artist gouged and carved into the painting to create a textured surface resulting in a physical manifestation of the way women treat their skin in the pursuit of beauty.

Underarm, oil and human hair on canvas, 4’ x 5’, 2016

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