I made this painting in an attempt to play tricks on the viewer. At first glance, we accept the painting as a red tablecloth pattern and are inclined to write it off as such. However, when closely examined it becomes apparent that this is not just a red painting. In reality, the bottom layer of horizontal stripes are actually purple. Furthermore, the painting is not perfectly constructed. These elements of imperfection are what I like to think of as the evidence of human error or another glitch.

- Rebecca Kaufman

Snake in the Grass

Acrylic painting on stretched canvas
Finished white edges
Ready to hang

Signed on back

48" h x 36" w x 1.6" d
9 lbs. 0 oz.



Rebecca Kaufman
Oakland, California

Getting to Know Rebecca

Rebecca is inspired by capturing the glitches that occur in increasingly obsolete technologies. “I draw inspiration from the flicker of the television screen using an analog video synthesizer,” she explains. “This paired with a VCR and a CRT-TV helps me to generate crazy-looking glitched images. I take a ton of pictures, spend forever mixing colors, then turn the glitched images (or my dissection of the images) into paintings.” Conceptually, Rebecca is driven by the dichotomy of active and passive audiences. Observing a painting can often be a passive activity, but Rebecca strives to trigger more active visual consumption on the part of the viewer. “I disrupt the passive gaze using repetition and color to construct a powerful, visceral response to painting that both repels and hypnotizes without consent, demanding a continued engagement between the body and the eyes, much like the technologies we rely on today.”