Rebekah Graves grew up on a farm in southern Virginia and remembers being drawn to mud puddles and the soft, dappled light in the woods that surrounded her home. She went on to study environmental science and architecture at the University of Virginia, and continues to be influenced by nature, math, meditative rhythm, and a wabi-sabi approach to design. She developed an original process that involves sculpting in porcelain, firing the vessel, and then casting the form with Japanese or Nepalese handmade papers. The result is a light that is soft and muted, pure and organic in its shapes. People are drawn to these sculptures’ radiance, natural form, and the ethereal way they sway in a breeze.
Of her art, Graves says: “As living bodies of energy, we are drawn to light. From the moment we emerge from the darkness of the womb, we continue to be transformed spiritually, emotionally, and physically as we move through darkness and into light. There is a calming quality to the warm spectrum, soft and golden, that these light sculptures invoke, creating an environment that pulls you in and wants to hold you there.”
Her light sculptures transform a space into an illuminated atmosphere, emitting a tranquil ambiance that resonates intimately the natural beauty that surrounds.
“I enjoy seeing a person’s face when they enter an installation. There is something so innocent in that look, as though they stumbled upon a secret, forgotten dreamscape from childhood. My work transforms space into a illuminated atmosphere, emitting a tranquil ambiance that resonates intimately with the natural beauty surrounding the viewer.”
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You can view more of Rebekah’s artwork at her website and her Instagram (@rglightscapes). Photos in this post courtesy of Rebekah Graves and Sarah Cramer Shields.