Rebecca Mezoff’s Statement
The Emergence series is inspired by the landscape of the American Southwest where I have lived most of my life. For three years when I first started this series, I lived on a mesa near Velarde, New Mexico on a petroglyph preserve. My home was surrounded by pictures left on the rocks by ancient peoples and as I wandered among them every day, I couldn’t help wondering about their lives and whether they were much different than mine. Of all the petroglyphs, the spiral image was the most inspiring to me, signifying an emerging from another world, continuing change, new beginnings, and the cyclical nature of time. This form continues to inspire me in my ever-circling journey as a tapestry artist and human being.
Rebecca Mezoff’s Biography
Rebecca Mezoff grew up climbing the mesas and red rocks near Gallup, New Mexico. Her parents encouraged her to make things. Her grandparents were weavers and when they couldn’t use them any more, gave her their looms. People have said beautiful things about her tapestries and have even bought them to hang in their homes, churches, schools, and offices. She studied contemporary tapestry as a student and then apprentice of James Koehler for 6 years, and when he died, she struck out on her own. Now she teaches workshops throughout the United States and online and currently maintains a studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she doesn’t much mind having to dump the sand out of her shoes. You can follow her exploits on her blog at http://rebeccamezoff.blogspot.com