Rebecca Walz and Ryan Pfeiffer

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Goddess Ripper (22″ x 30″), graphite, chalk lead & colored pencil on paper, $2000

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The Mystery Cult of Forest Bess (part II) (22″ x 30″), graphite, chalk lead & colored pencil on paper, $2000

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Veiled Lips (22″ x 30″), graphite, chalk lead & colored pencil on paper, $2000

Our work consists of a selection of collaborative drawings from our ongoing series entitled Rebis Rebus which constitutes our primary practice. Within this work we investigate the mythological, art historical and interpersonal dimensions of the act of looking and transformation – evinced in the multiple subjects of Marcel Duchamp’s Étant donnés, Greek Mythology, the Alchemical Rebis and Paleolithic relics. Placing these and other cultural materials in relation to one another – which we literally do in our alternately rough and delicate line drawings – reveal resonant connections: flesh unveiled, ritual, sacred space and desire’s consequences.

Our work seeks to synthesize our extensive research into Paleolithic art, ancient art, historical erotica, and esoteric traditions in depictions of sexuality, symbol, death, and transformation. We see our collaboration as a dissolution of our separate individual identities into a new whole, a “third mind.” We only work on the drawings simultaneously, arms crisscrossing the sheets of paper with graphite, charcoal, erasers, and other drafting tools.

Further complicating the question of authorship, we regularly utilize strategies of both appropriation and automatism. We treat the process of drawing as a form of collage by layering a varied combination of drawing strategies and materials. The resulting pictures veer between perspectival and symbolic space, silent hieroglyphic frieze and dense depictions of orgiastic revelry, as well as faithfulness and irreverence in relation to our extensive archive of source material.