Rebecca Marimutu is an interdisciplinary artist working to reimagine the practice of portraiture. Her work explores themes of self, identity and material tactility through paper sculpture, collage and audio-visual abstraction.
Marimutu addresses the material and political hierarchy of image-making by working to expand the relationship between the photograph and the sculptural form. Using a light-based practice to work around, and through, the boundaries of the post-Internet image, she blends the histories of photography and sculpture into environmentally-based self-representation.
Her work draws on her experience as an Indo-Guyanese African American woman born and raised in New York City in a notoriously segregated public educational system. Informed by her research into critical race theory, as well as contemporary discussions around the dimensionality of the photograph, she works by concealing, obscuring and protecting that which lies within the frame.
Marimutu is currently based in Baltimore, MD, where she is adjunct faculty at Towson University. She received her MFA degree in Photographic and Electronic Media at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2020, and her BSc in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Albany with a minor in Studio Art. Her work has been shown in various venues around Maryland & New York.
EducationM.F.A. Photographic and Electronic Media, Concentration Critical Studies, Certificate in College Teaching in Art,
Maryland Institute College of Art. Baltimore, MD
B.S.Mathematics, Economics, Minor in Studio Art, University at Albany
2020 Adjunct Professor, Towson University, Towson, MD - Photo Imaging - Creative Workflows, Fall 2020
Programing Consultant, Mare Residency, Baltimore MD
Graduate Program Communications Assistant, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
2019 Graduate Teaching Intern, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
Picturing the Third Dimension, Kottie Gaydos, Fall 2019
Digital Photography I, Kottie Gaydos, Spring 2019
Forum II, First Year Experience Jan Stinchcomb, Spring 2019
Co-Curator, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD,
Photographic and Electronic Media Fall Show - What Am I, Who Are You?, Fall 2019
Gallery Attendant, Institute of Contemporary Art, Baltimore, MD, Grad Show II & III, May 2019
Graduate Student Counselor, Student Voice Association, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
2018 Graduate Teaching Intern, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
Black and White Photography I, Kottie Gaydos, Fall 2018
Administration Assistant, Two Twelve, New York, NY
2017 Finance and Administration Work Scholar, Aperture Foundation, New York, NY, Spring 2016
2016 Off Campus Ambassador, Student Life Association, University at Albany, Albany, NY
Fellowships & Awards2019 Leslie King Hammond Fellowship,Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
Graduate Merit Scholarship, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
Roberta Polevoy Award, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
2018 Graduate Merit Scholarship, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
Diversity, Unity and Inclusion, City of Bowie Arts Committee, Bowie MD.
Digital Legacies, Black Womans Museum, Baltimore, MD
Meshes, Flip Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Black Expression//The Black Self, MRM//McCann Showcase, New York, NY2019 Who Am I, What Are You, Fox Gallery MICA, Baltimore, MD
Placeholder, The Crown, Baltimore, MD
Pride, Flip Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Grand Opening, (Solo) Flip Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Memorial, the Fox Studios, Baltimore, MD
MRM//McCann Black History Month Art Showcase, New York, NY
2018 Fall Show, the Fox Gallery MICA, Baltimore, MD
2016 Senior Thesis Show, University of Albany, Albany, NY
2015 Not a Selfie Show, The Machine, Albany, NY