artists / curators / writers
Date of birth 10.Apr.80
Place of birth Inverness, Scotland
Country of residence United Kingdom
Rebecca Gould graduated from an MA in Fine Art from Central St Martins, London in 2005. She was born in Scotland, raised most of her life in Wales and currently divides her time between London and Wales.
Gould recently had a solo exhibition, 'Beauty and The Beast' at The Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead. Other exhibitions include ‘O Dreamland’, Transition by the sea, Kent, 'The Suitcase Project', Beaver Projects, Copenhagen, 'Magical Thinking', Mother Studios, London and 'Feel Good Feel Bad Boys and Girls', Lange Gasse 28, Ausberg, Germany.
Rebecca Gould's art is deeply rooted childhood experience and nostalgia; a Disney-like deception of innocence masking a darker world. Combining the mediums of sculpture and film, she conceals the film within the sculptural form. The sculptural form functioning as an "in-between", a meeting point connecting the real world to a world of fantasy and fairytale. Kitsch dressing tables, luridly-colourful carts and a towering lighthouse contain the films, as the candy cottage conceals the oven.
Utilising manifestly low-tech means as employed for home videos, Gould wields the camera in a provocative, flirtatious, voyeuristic manner. Her work is highly-stylised, intelligent, disturbing and yet queasily entertaining. The worlds that Gould constructs, usually via a form of nonlinear narrative and typically fuse personal memories within a larger historical compass derived from fairytales, folklore and adult fantasy.
Gould describes her work as having "a transformative quality to filter the real and tell stories without altogether collapsing into the entirely fictitious and imaginary."