Becca Kallem is a Washington, D.C.-based artist and educator. She received an MFA in painting from the University of New Hampshire, with a BA in Art and Spanish from the College of William and Mary. She held a Fulbright fellowship in Madrid, Spain. Most recently, her work has been exhibited at the (e)merge Art Fair, Hillyer Art Space, and Heiner Contemporary. She is a resident artist at the Arlington Arts Center in Virginia.
Whether working from invention or observation, I am interested in identity, perception and communication. Each painting becomes a self, singular but also complex. I pair hard edges with ambiguous passages to represent how the world exceeds the language, symbols, and interpretations we apply to it. While imperfect, this relational construction of meaning is all we have. Making art is my attempt to span the space between myself and others, between past and present, between meaninglessness and something to hold onto.