This body of work is a point of connection between two mediums, my beginnings in photography and the transition into painting. They are a study in film noir; contrasted lighting, bold graphics, and dramatic characters. They allow me to combine my instinct in photography, a direct connection from audience to portrait, and my heart in painting, where light and form are open to interpretation yet more responsive to my hand. They are moments caught on film, which bleed out into fields of pattern and shadow. The subjects become clothed in abstraction, which blurs the line between film and painting. While I have always been infatuated with photography, I have found myself much more passionate about the creation of work on canvas; watching the abstract form out of darkness into realistic portraits that draw an emotional response from the viewer. This body of work has created a point of entry for me to explore two worlds.
Rebecca Adams is an artist based out of Providence, RI. She graduated from RISD in 2006 with a BFA in photography. Her paintings focus on black and white portraiture referencing stylized and graphic photography and film. She transitioned into painting after school, utilizing her skills in photography and lighting to aid in her subject matter.