Rebecca Corps Metanoia
about the artwork
Guided by the principle of change as embodied in the Greek word ‘metanoia’ — from which the word metamorphosis is derived, Corps creates a work that she says “embodies the change that begins from the inside and ripples outward, the kind of change that begins with the heart and filters into one’s entire being”.
Corps’ work for the Multi-faith room was inspired by a walk along the river from Kings Park to Elizabeth Quay where she was captivated by the shadows of the trees and foliage.
In Metanoia, Rebecca Corps crushes the bright red bulb and seeds of the Bloodroot plant found in Kings Park to create a work on fabric and with dyed silk threads that explores the concept of profound change and transformation.
From a bright red bulb hidden from view deep underground, with only dark stems and seeds appearing above once the roots are propagated by fire, Corps extends the plant’s natural life cycle by crushing it to produce the pigments that permeate her work, both literally and metaphorically.
about the artist
Born Boorloo | Perth, Western Australia
Lives and works Wardandi Country | Bunbury
Creative from her youth, Rebecca Corps’ work as a seamstress founded her love of textile installation. After graduating with an honours degree in visual art in 2016, she exhibited in many galleries including as a finalist in the Mandorla Art Award in 2021. Alongside managing a community arts centre in Bunbury, she has also curated a number of exhibitions and art awards. In 2019, an artist residency in Finland presented an opportunity to exhibit internationally and in 2022, Corps continued her international work while studying a Master of Sacred Art in Florence. Her recent work explores the intersection of human and the divine using found and natural materials.