Rebecca Dunn deVries is a Salem, Massachusetts artist who works exclusively in mixed media collage and assemblage. A Fine Arts graduate of Montclair State University, her career has been centered in the arts as a Creative Director and Product Developer for several corporations until 2012 when she and her husband opened The Scarlet Letter Press & Gallery, a printing company located in Salem.
Rebecca served as the Vice President of the Salem Arts Association for two years, 2015-2016. Her work has been exhibited in several galleries over the years and she has participated in the Terror Fantasies Art Show, a pop-up Halloween-themed gallery exhibit in October, for over 10 years. In 2015 Rebecca was honored to win “Best of Show” in the Mixed Media category at the Marblehead Festival of Arts. Recently she has studied under Michael deMeng, a master of assemblage art. Rebecca’s work, often described in one word - “creepy”, is much deeper. She finds extreme comfort working with old items, including discarded photographs and hand-written letters.
“I hope my artwork inspires viewers to look beyond the ordinary objects and vestiges used within my pieces to realize that even the lifeless still retains life.”
Inspired by her Nana’s home, in native New Jersey, which to this day remains “the most magical place in the world”, began Rebecca’s love for antique items. A ravenous collector of paper ephemera, Victorian photos and old books, she coupled her vintage collections with her fine arts background and her art style was born. Although knowledgeable of digital platforms, Rebecca has always worked in traditional collage, preferring scissors and glue to computers. Her work rarely has a theme, as she works on inspiration of the imagery she collects. Often after completing a piece she can see a reflection of symbols and emotion that was conveyed within the piece without any conscious intent.
“I consider my artwork my therapy and this in evident in many pieces, but it is usually realized after the fact. After losing both of my parents within 3 years of one another I have relied on my creative process heavily to lighten the burden of tremendous grief”.
Attics, basements, Joel Peter Witkin, the smell of a fireplace, Dead Can Dance, my daughter Oonah, the full moon, striped socks, E.A. Poe, Halloween, rummage sales, my husband Josh, Disney's Haunted Mansion, Vincent Price, the wind, the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, love letters, thunder, cello, pumpkins, rusted metal, creaky floors and the notion that beloved family is watching over me.