R. Leopoldina Torres

Exterior in Black
Monotype with chine-collé, 2014.

ARTIST STATEMENT

The basis of my work stems from an exploration of landscapes—whether they are physiologic, psychological, social, emotional, or imagined. I have always been curious about the relationships we have with our surroundings, particularly how places and spaces affect our identity and our experiences. Through the physical processes of printmaking, prints can hold memories of what has been, as well as evidence of what is. Influenced by my training as an anthropologist, I like to play with layering and texture in order to investigate how landscapes can represent a palimpsest of experiences and physical processes, becoming a canvas which contains the material records of our lives and history.

BIO

Rebecca Leopoldina Torres is a professional photographer and printmaker based in Cambridge, MA. She began her foray into printmaking in 2012 through a workshop with Selma Bromberg as a way to explore different techniques in printing with photographic images. However, she quickly fell in love with the spontaneity and innovation of working with monotypes and monoprints. In addition to being elected President of the Monotype Guild of New England in 2015, she is a co-founder of the Banter Artists Guild and member of the Newburyport Artists Association’s Printmaker. Her artwork has been exhibited in galleries, museums, and print media across the globe.

Leopoldina concentrated in Visual Anthropology at Harvard University and is currently on staff in the Communications Department at the Harvard Art Museums. Her current academic research explores the relationships between photography and the role of witnessing, examining how the acts of looking, seeing, and remembering are performed.  She is also pursuing a degree in Marketing and Museum Studies at Harvard University, Extension School.