5. Two Brothers Beauty Supply, at Eddy and Westminster

Rebecca Siemering


mixed media, time-based installation

About the Work

Rebecca Siemering, Director of Providence Art Windows(PAW), creates this time-based installation. The Fall installation for series for PAW contains artists invited by the Director that reflect intensive labor, obsession for materials or passion for subject matter. Several artists and collectives within this round of Art Windows have an intense enthusiasm for making Providence a better place to live and work. For the work created by the Director, Piece(work), will be a large, “crazy” quilt, with pieces culled from the streets of Providence and the news of the day. The quilt will be a reflection of the time from September 1-December 1, 2009, the duration of the show, and a new section of the quilt will be added every week. Since a window reflects the viewer and the city, the installation as a finished piece of art will also reflect the City of Providence. The city is a work in progress, and this quilt is a hopeful, demonstration piece. Come back every week to see the progression, and read more about the thoughts behind the creation of each panel at siemering.blogspot.com.

About the Artist

Rebecca Siemering is an artist, arts administrator and curator who has lived and worked in Rhode Island since 1997. As Exhibition Coordinator for the Arts & Business Council of RI since 2006, she has had a hand in producing installations and exhibitions with artists and arts groups in transitional spaces in Downtown Providence. Rebecca is con-currently the Director of Providence Art Windows, a public arts project that fills empty retail spaces in Downtown Providence with new art installations every 3 months. Rebecca maintains a thriving art studio in Pawtucket, RI. For the last three years she has been producing sculptures and textile art for her “Lottery Project” by taking a daily walk in the neighborhood and picking up thrown away scratch tickets. Her recycled, paper-based sculptural work is in the collection of Fidelity Investments, and in traveling in shows with the Robert C. Williams Paper Museum and the Fuller Craft Museum. You can view her work and writing about her work by going to scratchticketmania.blogspot.com. If Rebecca is not in the studio, she is in her little yard in Pawtucket growing as many vegetables and berries as she can. The neighbors affectionately call her “the corn lady.”

Rebecca has a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis.

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