Rebecca Maria Goldschmidt was born in the desert of Phoenix, Arizona in 1987, raised in the ponderosa pines of Flagstaff, and spent her formative years in Chicago on Lake Michigan. Goldschmidt grew up between a conservative Jewish educational system and Filipino home life, and is now positioned in the middle of the Pacific, on the island of O’ahu pursuing her Master of Fine Arts at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa in Honolulu. She is an artist, activist, feminist, and diasporic person engaging in place-based art-making and learning immensely from the Native Hawaiian struggle for land rights under the US military occupation.
Goldschmidt’s current work reflects on her studies and reclamation of the Ilokano language and her attempts to reconstruct connections with the land and cosmology of her ancestors which has been lost through displacement, colonization and miseducation. Utilizing photographs, natural materials, handwritten words, as well as found images, she combines disparate information from various sites, sources, and time periods to explore how relationships to land/daga/'āina manifest in diasporic communities. Crossing into the realm of social practice, Goldschmidt often works in collaboration to facilitate the exchange of knowledge intergenerationally and interculturally. By incorporating the voices and words of strangers, family and friends, she aims to create work that speaks to the complexities and interconnectedness of our worlds across oceans and borders.