Rebecca was born in the UK, and has lived and practised between London and Auckland since finishing her first degree in Fine Arts in 1988, followed in 1995 with a Masters Degree in Visual Arts from Goldsmiths College, London. Wallis provokes, often using the abject, the allusive experiences of the real. She makes associations between the corporeal and the painterly, to reveal the ‘beyond, behind and beneath’. Her recent methods characteristically involve simple and unconventional gestures, where she refers to herself as a conduit for the interaction between materials. In her work Wallis often exhibits a slipping away and a resisting of containment, referring to the allusive experience of this understanding, outside that of language, informed by the theories of Julia Kristeva.