Rebecca Ripple interviewed in Fine Art Intelligence 3.29.16
FAi: When did you realize you wanted to be an artist?
Rebecca Ripple: I never had that specific moment where it was decided. I always wanted to make and it was the most important desire I had.
FAi: Who are your influences?
Rebecca Ripple: Tony Hepburn, who recently died, was an old professor who spoke philosophically about the trajectory of my then fledgling work. This was a new and important understanding that what I made could allow me to access ideas and ultimately expand my knowledge conceptually. Also: Louise Bourgeois, Robert Gober, Robert Morris, Elaine Scarry, Sianne Ngai, Rosalind Krauss, Roland Barthes.
My friend Ross Rudel also influences my understanding of art. We come to making and crafting for different reasons therefore we have an ongoing dialog. He presents a conversation as well as a foil for my approaches to working.
FAi: What is the greatest challenge you have faced?
Rebecca Ripple: Not being an intellectual yet wanting to understand deeply.
FAi: What are your plans for the future?
Rebecca Ripple: Create a more prolific and ubiquitous expression.