Rebecca Kressley is an American artist and researcher based in Amsterdam. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute, Chicago, and her MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, London. Her practice, which includes audio composition and varying mediums, collects from historicized episodes that shape present biopolitical circumstances. Through experiments with rhythm and cognition, rendering and improvisation, her work asks if engaging these episodes in aesthetic practices could assist in taking apart their impacts’ repercussions. Her research gathers themes that seek out how and where prohibitive structures within legibility have begun, and if these starting points can be retroactively complicated.
In 2012, Kressley began a seven-year hiatus from exhibiting, during which she continued her research and studio practice. She also continued to collaborate and work with peers. This pause ended with a show inspired by Kélina Gotman's choreopolitical analysis of dancing-mania epidemics and their colonial accounting. It was curated by Francesca Gavin and exhibited in 2019 at jevouspropose, Zürich. In August of 2021, she began a five-month residency at La Becque in La Tour-de-Peilz, Switzerland.