Rebecca Shapiro is a Portland, OR-based artist who likes to explore with shape and color. Each year, TEDxConcordiaUPortland in Portland selects a local artist to become their official “Artist in Residence” and craft the stage design for the event. Past artists have created such works as a backdrop made of wood salvaged from demolished houses, and an electronic recreation of the Aurora Borealis. While searching for an artist for their 2013 event, the team at TEDxConcordiaUPortland found Rebecca, "whose work seemed to emanate kinetic energy," they said.
Soon, she was the 2013 TEDxConcordiaUPortland Artist in Residence. For her project, Rebecca decided to experiment with spirals and knots, shapes which she says represent “untangling the stories, beliefs and behaviors that aren’t true to myself, the ones that keep me bound and prevent me from gaining momentum in my life.”
The result is what you see above: a cornucopia of swirls, spirals, and knots, all speaking to the event’s theme, “Velocity.”
Now, Rebecca’s TEDxConcordiaUPortland installation, entitled Untangled, has moved beyond the TEDx stage to the halls of Portland International Airport, in an exhibition that will be on display through January 15, 2014.
During its residency at the airport, viewers of Untangled will be able to be access Rebecca’s accompanying TEDxConcordiaUPortland talk by a QR code located by the work.
Above, Untangled at TEDxConcordiaUPortland and at Portland International Airport. Below, Rebecca’s talk, a touching tribute to the power of art to inspire confidence, clarity, and epiphany in anyone’s life:
(Photos: Port of Portland and Rebecca Shapiro)