Rebecca Graham

Rebecca Graham's work affords the viewer a glimpse inside her slightly twisted mind, which reflects a Goth fantasy world. Utilizing her background in theater and set design, Graham creates living compositions that she then captures on film. Having grown up in the moss-laden depths of the South, her work is inextricably linked to the alternating light and gloom of the landscapes of her childhood.

Her photographs begin as detailed drawings that she then brings to life by transforming herself and her friends into the characters she imagines. The resulting compositions are both sweet and hauntingly ethereal. Exiled from her hometown of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Graham continues to develop her style in her adopted city, Minneapolis.

Interview with the Artist

1. Who's your favorite artist?
Hieronymus Bosch, Sally Mann, Laurie Anderson and Tracey Emin.They all communicate truth even when it's not pretty.
2. What's your preferred mode of transportation?
Piggyback ride through the woods.
3. What's on your iPod?
I'm friends with too many musicians to answer this question without endangering my life.
4. What books are on your bedside table?
I'm now reading, Mirage: Napoleon's Scientists and the Unveiling of Egypt by Nina Burleigh and Madeleine is Sleeping by Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum. I always have nearby Bram Dikstra's Idols of Perversity for re-reading because it greatly informs my work.
5. What's your preferred drink?
A very dry gin martini with two olives, Cognac, or a bloody mary made only by the bartender Martin Saywer a.k.a Proffesor Martin at the Rib Room Bar in the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel in New Orleans. Absolutely nothing with Red Bull, cranberry juice or that comes in the color blue.