Discover the mysterious and evocative paintings of Chicago artist Rebecca Wolfram at a curator's talk at the Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery on Sunday, August 19, 2012, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. ISMLG Curator Jennifer Jaskowiak will present "Focus On Rebecca Wolfram" providing an overview of how this politically engaged artist explores ideas of culture, custom, and tradition in her paintings. This ISMLG "Talk & Tour Program"-- part of our continuing "Sunday Series"-- is free and open to the public; reservations are not required though seating is limited. Rebecca Wolfram is one of four artist featured in the current exhibition "Focus 4: Four Solo Exhibitions" on view thru October 5, 2012. Also included in the exhibition is the work of Illinois artists Steven Robnett, Don Seiden, and Mario Trejo.
Rebecca Wolfram is a Chicago painter and has been painting for over twenty-five years. Her works, done mostly in a dark, organic color palette of yellows and browns, portray the ideas of internal struggle and a questioning of cultural practices. Her art is informed by her cross cultural experiences, as an English as a Second Language teacher and world traveler. She explains that her painting is generated byt unconscious material. Some of her paintings show clear and direct messages, while others require the viewer to search for the meaning. Wolfram has been known to use her artwork to address difficult subjects which exist within the world as a way of confronting and challenging the viewer.