“It is a constant dance between beauty and horror, between the honest line and the choices of exaggerated ones that make Rebecca Russo’s work something to hold on to. Whether it’s a dripping paint brush or a ball point pen the approach is always the same; an honest and intuitive reaction to something of need and curiosity, something so beautiful.”
The NJ based artist, Rebecca Russo, also known as cigarettesandkale, has carefully mastered her style of drawings; down to the left over finger prints and exposed paper edges. "There’s something about leaving my marks for the viewer, it lets them know I'm alive and I want them to see me. I want them to feel me ripping the page out of the sketchbook. It’s a moment in time that I'm trying to make last forever; one long signature"
Her vulnerable scribbles, "honest lines", and reckless marks are balanced with a wonder and sincerity, a soft sheer chaos. It’s almost impossible, yet the viewer feels a sense of freedom and safety within these manic drawings. Her curious, empathetic approach to her subject matter make her work authentic and raw.
Russo graduated in 2008 with a BFA, with a focus on painting and installation work. She has been mainly drawing smaller works with pen since 2008 and has collectors all over the world.
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