Artist Bio: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. 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 an 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 Baltimore & New York.
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2020 Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). M.F.A., Baltimore, MD
Photographic and Electronic Media,
Concentration Critical Studies
Certificate in College Teaching in Art
2016 University at Albany (SUNY) B.S., Albany, NY
Minor in Studio Art
Areas of Studio Expertise
Adobe Creative Cloud: Photoshop, Lightroom, InDesign, Illustrator. Digital Image Processing, Epson InkJet Printing, and Color Management, Projection-Mapping, Silver Gelatin Film Processing, Silver Gelatin Print Processing, Alternative Photographic Print Processes, Silkscreen Printmaking.
2020 - Current Adjunct Professor, Towson University, Towson, MD
Photo Imaging - Digital 1, Fall 2021
Photo Imaging - Creative Workflows, Fall 2021
Photo Imaging - Creative Workflows, Spring 2021
Photo Imaging - Light, Spring 2021
Photo Imaging - Creative Workflows, Fall 2020
2018 - 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
Black and White Photography I, Kottie Gaydos, Fall 2018
Other Relevant Experience
2021 Founder / Director, Anchovy Press, Baltimore MD
2020 Programming Consultant, Mare Residency, Baltimore, MD
Photo Editor, Long Live Gogo - Moechella - Book, Nomu Nomu, Baltimore, MD
Documentarian, Dreams Of My Father - Film, Director James A. Burkhalter, Baltimore,
2020 - 2019 Graduate Program Communications Assistant, Photographic and Electronic Media,
Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
2020 - 2019 Graduate Student Counselor, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
2020 - 2018 Graduate Black Student Union Member, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore,
Shop Clerk, Charm City Cakes, Baltimore MD
2019 Co-Curator, Photographic and Electronic Media Fall Show, What Am I, Who Are You?
Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
2019 Gallery Attendant, Grad Show II & III, Institute of Contemporary Art, Baltimore, MD
2018 - 2017 Administration Assistant, Two Twelve, New York, NY
2017 - 2016 Finance and Administration Work Scholar, Aperture Foundation, New York, NY, Sp ‘16
2016 - 2015 Off-Campus Ambassador, University of Albany, Albany, NY
Fellowships / Awards / Grants
2021 Up/Start Venture Competition, MICA, Baltimore, MD
2020 Bromo Artist Relief Fund, Baltimore, MD
Baltimore Artist Emergency Relief Fund, Baltimore, MD
2019 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
2021 Artist Talk, Waller Gallery, Baltimore, MD
2020 Co - Commencement Speaker, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
2019 Artist Talk, Placeholder, The Crown, Baltimore, MD
Artist Talk, FYE Haptics and Optics, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
Publications / Press
2021 Anchovy Press—Winner of $14,100 During 2021 UP/Start Venture Competition, MICA, Baltimore, MD
True Originals on Exhibit at Waller Gallery, The Afro News
10 Must-See Shows at Black-Owned Galleries You Can View Online, Artsy
2021 Contextual Exposure, Waller Gallery, Baltimore, MD
A Mutual Interest, Fredericks Art Council, Fredrick MD
2020 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, NY
2019 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
Portrait (s), an Exploration of Exploitation and Repair
2020 - Thesis
2020 - Thesis
Photography provides the viewer space to look on-to another experience through the safety of their own -- standing outside the frame, and other those who are within. Marimutu works to subvert and orient this space of contemplation that photography provides, by blocking the gaze of the viewer onto the viewed. Her work conceals and protects that which lies under the paper, only showing the borders and edges of what was -- in the process, guiding the viewer to question their role in this obfuscation.
Portrait(s), an exploration of exploitation and repair, consists of large photosensitive Kraft Paper sculptures that are intentionally composed to absorb the surrounding environment onto themselves as they weaken and decay. By creating and repairing these portraits through accessible, durable, and charged materials, Marimutu works to address and remove the material and political hierarchy of picture-making, and imposes her own.
Untitled is an early response to the pandemic. Working through old work, Corners (2016) and new work Exploitation and Repair (2020), Marimutu was continuing her exploration about the spaces she inhabited — institutional and educational spaces from her archive — along with the current discussion about her place within them.
New Spaces (2020) is composed of works in progress that explores the intersection of space and expansion, the distortion of the lens, and the manipulation of the digital and racial landscape that we are a part of. Through these, Marimutu works on repairing and attaching these spaces and imagining them together.
In the Home (2020) addresses how the current pandemic has centered around discussions about the work of being anti racist in domestic and family-focused spaces. Discussions about race have become more internal, as our social access to people continues to shrink. The past year has been a time for introspection on how to personally confront white supremacy, as well as an extended moment to educate ourselves about how we got here. As an artist who has long been working on the tokenization of BIPOC in arts institutions, Marimutu also hopes to extend that critique to the space of our home.
Work From Home 2020
3. October, 2020
4. November, 2020