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Rebecca Baumann is a visual artist from Australia who works primarily in installation, and participatory and kinetic sculpture. In her recent work, Baumann has been critically interrogating the role of happiness and celebration, and how these phases are both manifest and used to assess the shifting tides of contemporary life. Through a formal and conceptual exploration of the detritus of celebration, including materials such as confetti, balloons, and streamers, Baumann has presented a number of key works that invite her audience to engage in a celebratory spectacle, causing them to pause and consider the validity and temporality of such events.

In 2009 she won the Spirit of Youth Award for visual arts, an Australia wide prize that includes a mentorship with the Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. She was also a recipient of a Development Grant from the Department of Culture and the Arts and an Emerging New Work Grant from the Australia Council for the Arts. She holds a B.A. from Curtin University of Technology.

Baumann has presented her work around Australia. She has held solo exhibitions, including This Glorious Mess, Free Range Gallery, Perth (2009); and from the beginning; one more time, Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth (2009). She has also participated in a number of group exhibitions, including Linden1968, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne (2008); SILVER: ARTRAGE 25, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (2008); First Page, Breadbox Gallery, Perth (2008); New Disorder, Old Berlin, Perth (2007); and Figured Out! The Church Gallery, Perth (2004).

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Image 1. Confetti International, Conveyor belt, fan and confetti, 2008. Photo by Tomasz Machnik.
Image 2. Untitled, Paper, 2009. Photo by Rebecca Baumann.
Image 3. Welcome to the Wonderful World of Emotion and Impact, 7x Exploding Balloons, 2008. Photo by Marc Morel.
Image 4. Motion Study II, Wire bound books and industrial fans, 2009. Photo by Bewley Shaylor.