Every time I see a new piece by Rebecca Chaperon I think this. Seriously. I am having a little trouble writing this intro because I started daydreaming about portals and I just want to tell you to skip ahead and read the interview because Rebecca's answers are so interesting and inspiring, just like her and her work! Enjoy.
(Images credit Byron Dauncey)
Who are you, what do you do and where in the world are you?
Hello, I'm Rebecca Chaperon, I'm an artist who lives and works in Vancouver BC, Canada. My primary medium is paint and I love it so, so much! I'm addicted to colour exploration and my subject matter ranges from text paintings, to hovering black portals in snowy landscapes and lately crystal formations. I also published a picture book about missing school called Eerie Dearies: 26 Ways to Miss School. It's an ABC book that begins with A is for Astral Projection, perfect for the little truant in each of us.
What do you believe in?
Compassion and acceptance for others is important to me and so is getting down to the authentic (sometimes quirky) version of ourselves. I think that, going back to those things helps us create what we value, here we can express ourselves bravely, clearly and with enthusiasm.
When do you feel your most wonderful?
I feel best when I am creating and then when I'm sharing what I have created. I love to put my work out there because it offers a sense of the strange and wonderful. I like to add a little something mysterious and nonsensical to the world. When people look at art they have a chance to transcend their surroundings and really lose themselves in the experience. Brian Eno has this amazing quote that I have been meditating on: “Stop thinking about art works as objects, and start thinking about them as triggers for experiences.”
What is something wonderful that has happened that would have never have happened if you hadn't made a mistake or a wrong turn somewhere?
I started a big painting in 2013 - it had a really pretty colour gradient as the sky - but as I worked I realized that I wasn't really ready to make the painting in the way I wanted. This is because I had a sense, at the edge of my mind, of what I wanted to create but I just couldn't quite put my finger on it. I couldn't visualize it in my mind - like having ingredients but no recipe. I set the piece aside and felt pretty thwarted and dissatisfied. About 4 or 5 months later the visual part or "missing recipe" had naturally evolved out of my iceberg series. It was weird to realize that it all started with that unsolvable riddle of a painting that had been created half a year before. Understanding and acknowledging that I really wasn't getting it helped me later to understand clearly and with conviction that I had "hit gold".
What is the earliest time in your life that you can remember experiencing wonder?
Recently, I feel like I experience wonder through small details of things I see throughout each and every day. When I was a kid my mom would tell me fairy stories, and she liked to back them up with "proof" that fairies were undoubtedly real and up to all kinds of shenanigans.. She did a number of things to back-up her statement that fairies were real... like when I wasn't looking and she switched out my normal sized cookie for a huge one she had secretly baked for this fairy-prooving caper. In the end it wasn't that I believed in fairies exactly but more that I was enjoying "suspending my disbelief" a relief from the imposed logic and order of the world. This is the thread that I carry into my art work.
Who are three wonderful people you think we need to know about?
Brandy Masch a very good friend and great artist. She can create large to miniature pieces and does custom work, her larger works of art are like a hundred of her miniature pieces put together.
Katy Horan - amazing art work. It's been a pleasure to watch her new work released each year.
Mira Song whose paintings will make it into my collection one day. I am very picky about paintings I hang in my house but I love her combination of geometry, tight colour schemes and painterly marks.