Dark Channel 36x36 inches Acrylic on Canvas

Rebecca Perehudoff

My paintings are two-dimensional acrylics on canvas and are primarily landscape based.

The work does not directly examine critical issues although I hope it increases the viewers' awareness of the need to preserve nature. My connection with nature per se, as well as with place is a wellspring for my art. I was born and educated in Canada, with a couple of years in Europe. After moving to Chicago, my focus shifted from forest and rural areas to include more urban elements. I try to return to Canada every summer to paint. Covid-19 is currently preventing my summer migration and I feel the loss.

My work draws from different sources including renaissance composition, expressionistic brush stroke and the spiritual curiosity of the post-impressionists. I hope to introduce an element of the unknown, whether through an anthropomorphic quality in plant imagery or through the introduction of random human made elements such as signs or chairs. The space is ambiguous, condensing the biological elements into one plane, creating a patterning. At the same time shadow and modeling is used to create a primitive sense of deep space.

To some extent and in varying degrees, my paintings reflect an interest in the feminist exploration of spirituality in nature. At the same time they play with the relationship of landscape to pure abstraction. This is reflected in the nature of the mark making, in the investigation of organic vs. non-organic shapes and in a heightened focus on the pure sensuality and tactile possibilities of paint.