India ink on cold pressed illustration board. 15x20
Rebecca Ustrell is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Curious Publishing. Curious Publishing was established to promote and nurture the underrepresented and under-serviced talents of the Inland Empire, Los Angeles and Greater Southern California. Through her experience in coordinating the Claremont Art Walk Pop-Up Gallery from 2016-2018, she decided to highlight the many talented artists in her first indie publication CURIOUS Magazine in September 2018. Since then, CP has published a new edition of CURIOUS every quarter with a new theme and focus per issue. In addition to CURIOUS Magazine, Curious Publishing also publishes a biannual lifestyle and culture journal entitled Mise en Abyme; Curious also acts as a consultant and publisher for independent artist publications for artists throughout Southern California. Her involvement in the arts extends through several collaborations in the Inland Empire. She sits on the board of The Artlands, as well as serves as a volunteer Special Events Coordinator for The Arts Area. These projects are all in addition to her solo career as a visual artist, and creative writer.
I use India ink markers in an array of bright and pastel pigments on gesso primed wood and paper. I like to test the limits of ink with the use of unusual color pallets. I have had some of my drawings digitally printed onto tapestries in order to bring softness to the imagery, much like the person or object being portrayed. My work focuses mainly on the female and male form and its relationship to the natural world, along with illustrative works of plants and animals. I tend to look at the relationships of my subject matter in terms of playfulness, coyness and sensuality. I place the people, animals and objects in settings that are both familiar and comfortable, but at the same time in unusual situations to provoke intrigue and desire. I take the chaos that exists around us in the world and organize that chaos in my imagery.