Rebecca Delange’s practice is concerned with the creation of provisional, object-based installation, assemblage, collage and painting. Her current research looks at ways that the ‘unseen’ – termed as the unspoken, the invisible, the poetic and the psychological, and defined as something felt and known but something that evades direct visual representation and perception – can be articulated in the material for the viewer to experience.
Delange is obsessed with investigating how the activation of semiotic slippage and disruptions to traditional categories of meaning can be a strategy to evoke the ‘unseen’ in the material outcomes of her work. These slips and subtle ruptures to the inherent and attributed semiotic function and meaning of things are facilitated through strategies of spatial arrangement, dialogue and material transformation, applied to sourced and re-purposed materials and objects.
Her current work investigates the ideas and forms of the net, the trap, the curtain and the veil and their associated meanings and metaphors.
Delange creates a visual ‘conversation,’ perpetrated through the collagic arrangement of materials, forms, symbols and the working space, in order to deploy non-obvious connections and create ambiguity surrounding function and meaning. Re-arrangement is an essential strategy in her practice; components and forms from prior works embedded with the history of their previous incarnations are often reworked into new assemblages.
Delange is currently undertaking a PhD in Fine Art at RMIT University having been recently awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award. She completed a Master of Contemporary Art with first class Honours at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2015.