intent & assemby
acrylic and oil on canvas
15 feet x 91 feet
Seattle Children's Research Institute 
Building Cure, 
completed 2019 
Commissioned by Seattle Children's Research Institute for Building Cure, the new immunotherapy institute in downtown Seattle, Intent & Assembly is a monument to the ongoing effort of fighting childhood genetic disease that is embodied in the new Building Cure.  Painted on a single 15 x 91-foot piece of canvas, Intent & Assembly is a monument to the collaborative solving of childhood genetic disease.  Four image areas are composed into a double-helix from that activates the space. celebrates complexity and connection.  The interdependence of the different cells in the immune system mirror the interconnected work of researchers, clinicians, caretakers, support staff and donors that make each cure possible, the synergy expressed in the motto Hope, Care, Cure.  

Photos credit R. Carroll Photography, Seattle


With joy and gratitude I share the news that I have been chosen to recieve a 2023 Individual Support grant from the
Aldoph & Ester Gottlieb Foundation. 


Primary known as a painter, Rebecca Bird’s interventions into the public realm include animation, performance, large public works, and instigating the non-profit space Tomato Mouse in Brooklyn.  

In 2019 Bird completed Intent & Assembly, a 91-foot-long commissioned painting for Seattle Children’s Research Institute. 

Bird has had solo shows at Kopeikin Gallery, Russel Day Gallery, Voookhyang, William Holman Gallery, Wave Hill and other venues.  She has performed at the Hammer Museum, The Armory Show, Fumetto Festival and Issue Project Room, and shown her animation at Lincoln Center, the Everhart Museum and on Triple Canopy and The New York Times online.  Her paintings have appeared in the Paris Review and Harper’s.  She has recieved numerous grants and residencies.  Her work is held in collections including MOMA, NY. 

Rebecca Bird received her BFA from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 2000, having attended the Yale Summer School of Music and Art in 1999.  She was a Fulbright Fellow to Japan in Painting 2000-1, researching Nihonga.  Before university she apprenticed in egg tempera painting with painter Michael Bergt.  From 2007 to 2011 she drew Middle Kingdom relief fragments for the Metropolitan Museum on site in Dashur, Egypt.  She has painted many carousels for amusement parks around the world.

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