Born 1983, Perth. Lives and works Perth.
Rebecca Baumann’s practice spans a range of media, including kinetic sculpture, photography, performance, digital animation and installation. She is fascinated by the complex workings of human emotion and our pursuit of happiness through celebration and ritual. She has extended this interest into the relation between colour and emotion, drawing on research in psychology, sociology, colour theory and art history. Her works affect the audience through their experiential, transient and emotive qualities. Methodically planned and executed, Baumann’s pieces often utilise festive materials such as confetti, tinsel, smoke, balloons and streamers, which are momentarily, and sometimes violently, brought to life by various mechanisms including fans, ball-throwers, clocks and detonators.
Baumann has exhibited nationally and internationally. Selected group shows include New Romance, MMCA, Seoul (2015); Encounters, Art Basel Hong Kong (2014); Everyday Magic, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (2013); First Amongst Equals (Part II), Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth (2012); Primavera, MCA, Sydney (2011); NEW11, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2011); Linden1968, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne (2008); SILVER: Artrage 25, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth (2008); and New Disorder, Old Berlin, Perth (2007).
Baumann’s solo exhibitions and performances include Mechanised Colour Assemblage, collaboration with Danny Rose for VIVID Sydney (2015); Manoeuvres, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle (2015); Once More with Feeling, Starkwhite, Auckland (2014); Untitled State of Mind, Gallery ON, Poznań, Poland (2010); Action #1: Artists in Response to City Spaces, Perth Cultural Centre, Perth (2010); This Glorious Mess, Free Range Gallery, Perth (2009); and from the beginning; one more time, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle (2009). Baumann’s work is held in a number of collections, including major state galleries in Australia and New Zealand, and corporate and private collections.