In order to bear witness to the patriarchal structures of society, and the subsequent effects on the contemporary female body, my work materializes trauma, shame, and coping mechanisms. I write surreal short stories that make real these psychological states. Immersing myself in my fictions, I build environments found in the narrative, I make spaces for my characters, and I take on characters identities 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, all which act as storytelling mechanisms tying together themes from 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. Repetition and testimony are used to address, dispel, and heal from trauma. Immersive environments, hidden text, and delicate materials encourage close inspection, reinforcing the importance of the viewer in my act of storytelling.
Rachel was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a BFA in Painting and an MA in Art + Design Education from the Rhode Island School of Design, and an MFA in Art Studio from the University of California, Davis. She has been an artist in residence at the Chautauqua School of Art, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Wassaic Project. She has shown nationally in California, Rhode Island, Philadelphia, Massachusetts, Florida, and Texas. Her work has been collected by the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art.