Becca Kallem is a Washington, D.C.-based artist and educator. She received her MFA in painting from the University of New Hampshire, with a BA in Art and Spanish from the College of William and Mary. Her work is in several private collections and has been shown locally and nationally. Most recently, her work has been exhibited at the Katzen Center at American University (DC), the First Street Gallery (NY), the Strohl Art Center of the Chautauqua Institution (NY), and Hillyer Art Space (DC). She has held residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, along with a Fulbright fellowship in Madrid, Spain. She is a current resident artist at the Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, 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.