Rebekka Federle
I was raised on the southside of Chicago by my first generation Hungarian mother and scholar father. Both parents were creative in their own right, and encouraged me to pursue whatever artistic endeavours I took interest in. During high school, I spent my junior year abroad in Budapest, supposedly attending the American International School there. I spent lots of time exploring that country, and it was there that my interest in the arts was solidified. I began to work as a studio assistant to artist Tony Fitzpatrick after high school, where my affinity for collage was born.
I left Chicago for New Orleans and created the body of work that was to be my first solo show, If You Can’t Sleep. I decided to try attending college after the show and moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where I attended the Kansas City Art Institute. From there I moved to Portland, Maine, where I currently reside.

It’s not sentimentality that drives my work so much as curiousity. I want to see if I can create delicate fantasy landscapes, recreate false historical events, and illustrate inaccurate memories--like when you remember childhood homes and people as larger than life. My work distills the disconnect between memories and acts, reanimates myths and rumors, and leaves the origin and then end of the narrative open for interpretation.