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 healing processes. Installations, paintings, and textiles are used to tie together themes from art history and dating culture. I use storytelling as a basis for my work, connecting my own biographical narratives to stories found in the collective conscious, such as cinema, folklore, and mythology. Repetition and testimony are used to address, dispel, and heal from trauma. My labor-intensive hand is present in the ornamentation of each object and draws attention to the female labor involved in self-care. Immersive environments, hidden text, delicate materials, and complex compositions are used to encourage close inspection, reinforcing the importance of the viewer in my act of storytelling. Displayed individually each of my objects acts as a vessel that holds a visual or perceptual memory in the context of the particular moment of its making, allowing for the destruction of the shamed past-self. Displayed together as an installation, the combined objects define a larger moment in time conveying the labor involved in modern femininity.
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.