Rebeca Méndez is an artist, designer and tenured professor at UCLA, Design Media Arts, where she is founder and director of the CounterForce Lab, a research and fieldwork studio for art, design and environment. Her research and practice investigate design and media art in public space, critical approaches to public identities and landscape, and artistic projects based on field investigation methods. Méndez’s diverse works include immersive installations, sound, video, photography, book arts and drawing, with focus on post-humanism, eco-feminism and environmental justice. Since 1996, she’s led the Rebeca Méndez Studio in Los Angeles. Méndez is known for her career-long commitment to ‘design and art as a social force,’ and was awarded the ‘2016 Vision Over Violence Humanitarian Award,’ by Peace Over Violence, Los Angeles. Her interests and initiatives are a bridge between art, design and science, and demonstrate a commitment to the environment and a sustainable future.
About the Work
Her images for Shelter/Refuge reflect her research in the Arctic, from Norway to Iceland to Alaska, studying the migration of the Arctic tern and the migration of people.