Rebeca Trevino has been making “boxes” most of her life. She loves putting “stuff” together with other “stuff” because she likes the way it looks.
She grew up on a farm in south Texas. When she was 5 or 6 she remembers making “mud blocks” and embellishing the blocks with treasured bits of pottery pieces, marbles, coins, and keys found on the homestead. After setting the bricks out in the sun to dry, she would proudly display them on the porch for everyone to see.
Today, she still collects treasured bits of found objects. Although somewhat evolved, her technique is still one of pure trial and error. Often the found objects will tell her what they want to become.
With each piece, her hope is that the objects she uses in her work will make the viewer look, and look again, to be amused and bemused as they realize the objects are out of context …As each piece emerges, it develops its own personality and strength. A piece is complete when it is able to present these found objects in a way that will create vivid images so each viewer can see their own story inside.
At the heart of her work is the absolute need to recycle things, to rescue stuff that has been forgotten or thrown away. The objects and materials she uses get reborn, gaining new meanings, new callings. She calls what she does “OBTAINIUM ART”, and defines it as: “art made from materials not bought new but obtained in other ways, such as second-hand, dumpster diving, chance findings or donations.”
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