Rebecca Froehlich is a communication professional in the work week & visual artist by weekend. She received her BFA in Painting from the University of South Dakota in 2017 and training as an Artist in Healthcare from USD & the University of Florida. She has experienced making community-based art in hospitals, independent living, dementia care, urban neighborhoods, rural small towns, and more. She is also an avid reader, a Minnesota transplant, and very excited to be involved in this project!
The Martha Ostenso bench would spotlight her most acclaimed book, Wild Geese, and feature her other books in the bottom part of the bench.
Canada Geese would be the featured design element in the top part of the book page. The referenced geese represent both isolation (the single goose) and the passage of time (in the flock).
Because the end part of Martha's life and career was quite difficult, I wanted to show the progress of her career in the way the bookcase is set up, with books falling at the end.
The front cover would be a portrait of Martha with the background showing a landscape of her Minnesota home.