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Honest Words and Mysterious Characters; The Work of Rebecca Green

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Rebecca with her magnets that she will sell at the Avenue for the Arts Market this summer.

Rebecca with her magnets that she will sell at the Avenue for the Arts Market this summer. /Amber Stout

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An artist’s studio can reveal a lot about an artist and their process. Recently, Rebecca Green, an illustration student, allowed us a behind-the-scenes look at her studio, inspirations, and plans for the future.

In the core of Kendall College of Art and Design you can find Rebecca Green’s studio. She spends most of her days there, working on a variety of projects. The cubicle-sized, windowless space is quaint and inviting due to the wooden furniture and vintage decorations that make it a personal space. Her recent work is dispersed throughout the studio, and includes everything from magnets and greeting cards, to line drawings, 3D sculptures, and fine art paintings.

Rebecca’s style of work is similar to her studio space, nostalgic and honest. Her down-to-earth attitude is represented in a majority of her work through the combination of text and image. The simple words she uses speak of everyday life, telling stories and sharing thoughts commonly expressed about the world. Old things such as vintage carnivals, theatres, and buildings help shape her style of work. Creating in both 2D and 3D, her muted-colored characters come across as eerie and mysterious.

After graduation in December, Rebecca plans to travel and continue doing what she loves best, creating art. This summer she will be attending the Oxbow School of Art thanks to the West Michigan Scholarship. For the past two years she has had her work featured in the Society of Illustrators student gallery show in New York and last year she received the Arthur Zankle Scholarship. Her work has also been featured locally in Revue magazine and on the cover of On-the-Town magazine.  

Rebecca was a vendor at last year’s Grand Rapid’s Avenue for the Arts Market and plans to continue selling her work at the upcoming markets this summer. 

To see more of our studio visit, go to our Flickr slideshow.

To learn more about Rebecca Green and view more of her work, you can go to her website at or contact her at [email protected].

To meet Rebecca, head down to the Avenue for the Arts Market June 5th, 2010 from 4 until 9pm!

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