Rebecca Locke

we are paper, we are celluloid, we are digital

Referencing the Cosplay subculture, and cultural references established through contemporary media, the series we are paper, we are celluloid, we are digital explores the influence of media and technology in defining our identity. The series asks if the mythological stories of popular culture, crafted through technology and disseminated through the media contribute to shaping our sense of self; or does the flow of information insulate us from the defining challenges of our era: the real stories.

This self-portrait and performance-based series is characteristic of the artist's previous work Brooklyn / Bognor. The images were staged on New York City streets, in locations reminiscent of cinematic scenes, echoing the thematic exploration of narrative identity, in that this city, the city of New York is defined globally through film. In this series the artist appears in the images in costume as a cultural icon, a female heroine, a character has again been resurrected across cultural memes with the latest installment of the story.


Born in the UK, Rebecca Locke is based in New York City which has proven formative in the development of her installation art, film, photographic, sound and performance-based artwork. She is a graduate of Goldsmiths, University of London, and has studied at the International Center of Photography and the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She is a visiting fellow at The Center for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths, University of London and curator of the City to Sea Project. City to Sea developed from Rebecca's practice, specifically her work based on her hometown Bognor Regis.

Rebecca exhibits internationally, and is currently working on a film, E pluribus unum, and continues to work on the self-portrait based series we are paper, we are celluloid, we are digital exploring narrative identity.

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