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Prodigious Products: Exploring the Mischivious, the Macabre, & Man-made Hybrids

Monograph by Rebeca
ISBN: 978-09847909-9-9
Release date: Fall 2013

Interview by The Windsor Times
The Windsor Times: Hello Rebeca! We are very pleased to have you here today to talk about your monograph.

Rebeca Gilling: Thanks for inviting me.

The Windsor Times: You have garnered a world wide audience and have exhibited in different countries: Can you talk a bit about how clay sculptures are considered outside the US?

Rebeca Gilling: The US has an incredible tradition in clay--very different from most countries. Porcelain for example, was created in China and regarded there as somewhat utilitarian. However America has embraced it with a whimsical eye that is not found in these very traditional places.

The Windsor Times: We can see from the monograph that quite a few pieces your work have animal figures involved--where do you draw your inspiration?

Rebeca Gilling: If most people are honest they can relate to animals and we have a very strong connection with them. Dogs are high up on the list but the bonds are there with birds, and monkeys, rhinos etc. All of them capture our hearts in some way or other. What I do is to morph them with humanity.  Never ending and appeals to lot of people.

The Windsor Times: Why it the title of the monograph called: Prodigious Products?

Rebeca Gilling: My work is based the Cabinet of Curiosities from the 1800's. A lot of the items found in these collections were highly sort after. Although they were called cabinets they were actually rooms filled with curiosities from all over the world: preserved animals, horns, tusks, skeletons, minerals and other objects that were unique and or rare. The specimens displayed were often collected during exploratory expeditions and trading voyages that was common at the time. So my creatures based on this is my cabinet--my prodigious products.

The Windsor Times: What’s integral to the work of an artist?

Rebeca Gilling: For me there has to be passion mixed with obsession. When I'm  totally immersed in my world I can produce a lot rather than someone who merely dabbles.
I tend to get so involved in my pieces that time/days can fly past and I'll hardly notice. The process is absorbing, and beautiful, I wish everyone can experience in whatever filed they work in.

The Windsor Times:  What role does the artist have in society?

Rebeca Gilling: Like everything Art is evolving. If you could take a cross section of society from different era you'll find that art can represent the mindset and even social practices of that time. Art in my opinion, is a reservoir of culture without art there is no culture.

The Windsor Times:  How do you work?

Rebeca Gilling: I first do research and the let the ideas ruminate and then I get my hands dirty- I don’t sketch and I don’t do maquettes. The sculpture morphs and changes
until I’m happy with the result--till it expresses what I want to say.

The Windsor Times: How has your practice change over time?

Rebeca Gilling: These days I don’t have to think so much about the process anymore-- the challenges is trying to convey to the viewer what I’m thinking effectively.

The Windsor Times:  What themes do you pursue?

Rebeca Gilling: I’m obsessed with the cabinet of curiosities, Marie Antoinette and genetic engineering...Oh...with an accent of feminism.

The Windsor Times:  Why art?

Rebeca Gilling: I can’t live without it. I would be half a person.