Rebecca Moss is an artist based in Essex and East London (b.1991).
Moss’ practice explores notions of absurdity, precarity and instability, and takes a variety of forms across media, including sculpture, performance, video and installation. She is inspired by slapstick performance, and creates scenarios that stage site-responsive interactions between the human gesture, elemental forces and the natural world. An idea, intervention or gesture is humorously played out, to a point of futility, chaos or crisis. She is drawn to slapstick for its sense of reciprocity - that our surroundings can act back upon us, and we are not always in control.
In an ongoing series of videos, Moss performs with props and everyday household objects to the camera in the Essex landscape. These humorous and irreverent films are expressions of the emotional experience of living in a time of ecological and economic instability. They are also inspired by the culture of Essex, where Moss was born and grew up, performing with costumes and objects from local fancy dress shops and embracing a low-budget, improvisational approach.
Moss is also an educator, with a strong belief in the necessity to widen participation in artistic practice. As well as formal teaching engagements, she is also a freelance educator, with a particular interest in working with communities in areas with low engagement in the arts.