Plate 74

(113) Rebecca Tapscott – Micro Bat and Lotus; Afterlife. (Australia)

About this Artwork

Micro Bat and Lotus; Afterlife, was the based on the image A boat for the Kings last Journey, Tut-ank-amen’s last journey into the afterlife, filled with symbolism and fanfare. The Micro Bat’ journey was not, found in the windscreen wiper float of a car, parked at the beach, after a downpour. Placed in an empty coffee cup he was delivered to my door in the afternoon, still wet. Although it was not a King, he is a symbol for what we are doing to our planet and what we a losing. Bats are pollinators one of the most important animals a reciprocal to its size. The absence of the body is a void, a reflection of what is missing, as the pharaoh life was reflected in the sky from the water. The lotus flower visually connects the two images, drawn from a continuous line and coloured vibrantly. Filling space with the beauty and memory of the departed.

About Rebecca

Rebecca Tapscott is a multi-disciplinary visual artist based in Bundjalung Country in Northern New South Wales, Australia.
A Modern Australian Artist with a diverse body of work spanning three decades, Rebecca Tapscott is a formally trained painter with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga NSW.
Rebecca’s Fine Arts practice includes Painting, Drawing, Cyanotype, Ceramics, Sculpture, Print-Making, Film and Animation, Photography, Digital Art and Light Drawing. She continues to be involved in numerous public art projects, creating many murals throughout the Northern Rivers region, including working with first nations elders to pass on stories of animals and country.
Rebecca is a passionate environmentalist and cancer survivor. Her art is an extension of the exploration of our intertwined existence that juxtaposes the animal and human worlds. It focuses on the natural world and mortality, using plants and animals in various representations to explore the impact of human interference and climate change on nature. Most specifically; Loss of Species. Visually connecting cyanotype prints made from the deceased animals cadaver, placing them reverently on the paper as the process. This reveals the absence of the animal within the earth, ghostly echoing loss and emptiness. Vibrant colours and continuous line signifies life: the unbroken nature of it, the containment within our bodies, holding us in the physical and the interconnectedness of life in all its transitions. Reminding us of the beauty that once was their lives.

Link to Rebecca’s Art Aviso profile HERE

Rebecca was provided with the following page from Newnes’ Pictorial Knowledge Encyclopedia:

Volume 9
Early Civilisations
A Boat for the Kings last journey