The vessel


"During a figure drawing class over 15 years ago, I experienced my first head-on collision with beauty. The human form, with all of its intricacies, colors, and imperfections, stopped my blood cold. I needed to share what I saw with others. For years afterwards, the human figure in its imperfect splendor was my artistic focus. Eventually, I moved on to other subject matter, though the intent behind my work remained the same; capturing and transmitting that complexity of beauty.

The Hebrew word for beauty, tiferes, signifies the melding of opposites. True beauty combines all elements into one; love, fighting, sadness, and triumph squished together into one compact unit. My work attempts to give over the perfectly imperfect harmony of that complexity; good and bad, light and darkness combined.

Through experiencing beauty, we can move our mental selves from a place of constricted, narrow-mindedness, to greater expansion, empathy, and resonance. This is the goal of my work."

Rivka is an outspoken activist for recovering artists, insisting that raw, redemptive art-making is the means for mental and spiritual health.

Rivka received her BA in Painting from Rutgers University, and does a daily chicken dance balancing act with mothering three little ladies and finding her way within the greater NY art world.  

Feel free to check out her Patreon page for sponsorship opportunities- she won’t say no!