Rebecca Zemans celebrates and explores the structural similarity of microscopic organisms and celestial bodies using elements of the periodic table – materials that help make up the matter of the universe. The organic patterns repeat themselves in all aspects of our society from architecture to anthropology
By using universal forms, Rebecca’s work strives to make art accessible. Her career has evolved to include numerous commissions and collaborations often centered on bringing new life to inherited stones and precious metals. Her practice includes conversations and feedback throughout the design process to create sculptural jewelry and future heirlooms. The personal story behind the work becomes part of the work itself.
It’s important for her to employ sustainable practices by using recycled metals, conflict-free gemstones, and making everything locally in Chicago. She uses ancient forging and lost-wax casting techniques to create her work. Her background in clay and fine art gives her a unique understanding of metal and wax that allows her to push beyond traditional jewelry into wearable sculpture.