Rebecca Baumann is a Perth based artist working today. She works across the mediums of sculpture, installation and performance, drawing inspiration from everyday materials, colour, and interactivity. Much of her work references rituals of celebration and the ideas of colour and emotion play a large role.
Baumann’s artworks ask us to draw from our own experiences; bringing our own connections and histories with familiar objects and colours to create individual meanings for her works.
Baumann’s artwork Automated Colour Field (2011) is held in the MCA collection, and she exhibited several works as part of MCA’s Primavera exhibition in 2011. She also be exhibiting work as part of New Romance: art and the posthuman, held at the MCA from June 30 2016.
Below you will find a suite of learning tools including presentations, activities, videos, class plans, and extended enquiry questions. These activities can be done on their own, in combination and in any order. They are suitable for use in the classroom or for self-guided learning.
Encounter the artist Rebecca Baumann in a slideshow with images and class discussion ideas. View the Encounter directly in the browser or download the PowerPoint or PDF versions. Teacher’s notes are also available.
...With everyday materials or found objects, people bring their own experiences to them, their own history. So for me it’s never about going, ‘This work means exactly X, and this is my intent – and if you don’t get it, forget about it.’ I’m interested in people’s subjective experience.
Rebecca Baumann, interviewed by Dee Jefferson in Time Out Sydney, June 2015
Rebecca Bauman’s work Automated Colour Field (2011) explores relationships between colour and emotion. Investigate your own emotional responses to colour by creating an emotional colour wheel.View More
Create a collage that explores the ways Rebecca Baumann has created symbolism and meaning through her use of materials in Improvised Smoke Device (2010/11).View More
Stage a surprising performance inspired by Rebecca Baumann’s use of questioning and imagination in the creation of her work Confetti International (2007/2011).View More
Collaborate to create a performance artwork that explores the ideas of happiness and celebration.View More
Describe, visually analyse, and write about artworks from the MCA collection that share a common theme seen in Rebecca Baumann’s artworks.View More
Compare the work of Gerhard Richter to Rebecca Baumann in this writing activity that explores the role of chance in the arrangement of colour in art.View More
Use your art journal to visually record life experiences and explore new ways of developing artworks.View More
Research and experiment with a range of materials to create your own ephemeral artwork.View More
Understand how artists use colour, mark-making and performance to communicate ideas and emotions. Make your own colourful artworks inspired by Rebecca Baumann that investigate these ideas.
Explore Rebecca Baumann’s vibrant artistic practice through a variety of making and study activities, particularly focusing on how she creates meaning through choice of materials and colour.
Develop your art writing and research skills through a range of activities exploring themes and influences in Rebecca Baumann’s work.
Many of Rebecca Baumann’s works are ephemeral – lasting for only a short period of time. Investigate what it means to create impermanent artworks through a selection of both making and study activities.
Use these making and study activities to explore the ways Rebecca Baumann and other artists work conceptually and challenge traditional ideas of art-making.
Shot in 2012, this video features the Perth-based artist Rebecca Bauman speaking on her practice and recent works, including the MCA Collection work 'Automated Colour Field' (2011).