Rebecca is a print-maker and collage artist. She divides her time between London and Fen Ditton, near Cambridge. Her work is a cross-cultural examination of the human exploitation and veneration of birds. Her intricate drawings of artefacts and bird specimens, and her unique feather collages, are inspired both by material culture collections in museums (traps, cages, bird specimens, feather artefacts) and issues around the contemporary hunting and trapping of birds, particularly in the Southern Mediterranean.
Using a technique she has perfected for printing images onto feathers, Rebecca collages these feathers into assemblages representing headdresses and capes and other ‘artefacts.’
Rebecca has a PhD from the Royal College of Art (2004) and is a faculty member of the Royal Drawing School. She has been Artist in Residence at the British Museum and the American Museum of Natural History, New York, and has exhibited widely both in the UK and internationally. Over the last ten years, Rebecca has shown work with the Rebecca Hossack Gallery in London and New York. Rebecca’s work is held in the British Museum, the Natural History Museum, the British Library, the Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and the National Maritime Museum, as well as in many private collections.
"We are in an age when bird life is dwindling…but Jewell’s work points toward a happier outcome, a reconnection with the primal wonder of birds, a recognition of how poor our world would be without the feathered Other."
- Jonathan Franzen, author and writer