Rebecca Moss is an artist (b.1991, Essex, UK) who stages absurdist and anti-monumental interventions into landscapes, critically examining heroic narratives. Taking inspiration from slapstick and surreal comedy, Moss explores ways to destabilise rules in the landscape, and undermine heroic romantic figures. While she is inspired by the site-responsive gestures and interventions of Psychogeographic and Situationist practice, she notes that there is a lack of feminist voices heard within this discourse. Disturbing clichéd associations of the feminine with passivity and beauty, she humorously emphasises an embodied and reciprocal exchange with the landscape.
Her work can manifest across a variety of media, but often takes the form of short edited videos, where she constructs scenarios for the camera and performs with props. Moss values the open poetic space around her gestures: the works may initially appear chaotic but they are precise in their composition.
The artist grew up, and is currently based, between Essex and London, where the Thames flows out to the North Sea. While this flat, marshy landscape has been described as a ‘dustbin of London’ and ‘industrial wasteland,’ it has a rich experimental history of radical politics, architecture and philosophies, and has profoundly shaped the artist's approach to landscape.
Writing for the Future Generation Art Prize, 2017, the curator Anna Smolak described: ‘Rebecca Moss is interested in moments of disruption, chaos and failure (…) Seemingly haphazard and unprocessed – but in fact deliberately executed – her gestures subversively set the ridiculous and banal against the monumental and sublime.’