In order to bear witness to misogyny’s effects on the contemporary female body, I make work that materializes trauma, shame, and the subsequent coping mechanisms. To do so, I write surreal and folkloric short stories which make real these psychological states. Immersing myself in my fictions, I make objects as if I am in the weft of the story by building environments found in the narrative, by making spaces for my characters, and by taking on a characters identity and make as if I am them. I use materials and techniques from the history of painting to create three-dimensional environments, paintings, and soft-sculptures which all act as storytelling mechanisms that tie together themes of art history, dating culture, and folklore. My labor-intensive hand is present in the ornamentation of each object and draws attention to the female labor involved in self-care under the lens of patriarchal society. Often originating on the wall, my work grows outward creating a tension between viewing depicted space and occupying actual space. Immersive environments, hidden text, and delicate materials are used to encourage close inspection, making the viewer's participation a vital component of my storytelling practice.
Rachel was born in Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a BFA in Painting and a MA in Art + Design Education from the Rhode Island School of Design, and is currently in the UC Davis MFA Studio Art program.