Artist StatementI find that the process of creating abstract paper collage is an addictive blend of chance and careful choice. Scouring random picture books from the street, thrift store, or local book bank, allows me to repurpose vibrant photographs into mini visual surprises. This found imagery adds unexpected elements of depth and illusion to each completed piece. In turn, plain paper can ‘be prepared’ for complex and contrasted layered compositions by applying more traditional techniques such as printing, painting, and drawing. Each piece of paper, found or added to, is juxtaposed, mixed, cropped, and arranged, again and again, in order to fit together like a jigsaw. A completed collage dances in an animated tension between flat and 3D. It is both a striking silhouette, showcasing a new shape, and a vibrating form.
A West Coast native through and through, Rachel moved across the country in 2013 to pursue a Masters of Arts in Teaching degree at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Upon graduating in 2015, Rachel accepted a full time art teacher position at a K-8 public charter school in Baltimore. She is now entering her second year of teaching, and has come to consider Baltimore home.
Before relocating to Baltimore, Rachel was an active member of an artist-run gallery called FICTILIS and enjoyed working on collaborative art projects as well as individual pieces. Never one to stick to a single medium or concept, her work and creative explorations continues to evolve and grow.