Artist StatementMy goal is to engage the observer in this moment. By hanging, wrapping, weaving, and folding wood forms into themselves and into the spaces they encompass, I present a physical presence that invites the viewer to experience the whole and then to be drawn into the details of the sculptures inner and outer surfaces. My sculptures are muscular movements with intimate, provocative and at times humorous moments. I begin with drawings. The forms emerge through the pencil lines as I narrate my interior dialogue. With my pencil and eraser, I push the shapes around the page, working the ideas until an image emerges, one that “calls out”. I begin to cut, glue, and join cedar beams to one another, sometimes incorporating sections of twisting vines. I find the details throughout the construction process. I return to my sketch book often. It is important to me to stay flexible and open. I remain present, looking to see what the sculpture needs. I bring texture and detail to the surface of the wood as I grind and sand. I apply tinted oil paints to clarify the relationships between the parts of the sculpture.
Rachel Rotenberg was born in Toronto, Canada. She attended University in Toronto and New York City receiving her BFA from York University in 1981. In 1984 she moved to a studio in Williamsburg Brooklyn choosing wood as her primary medium. Rotenberg moved to Baltimore with her family in 1994.
In 2012 she received a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. She has also received a 2009 Creative Baltimore Individual Artist Award, and grants from the Art Bank of Canada and the E.D. Foundation.
Rotenberg has exhibited her sculpture in the Baltimore Museum of Art. the Center for the Arts Gallery at Towson University, Delaware Art Museum, University Gallery at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Hillyer Arts Gallery in Washington DC and many area galleries including the Montpelier Arts Center, Fredrick’s Deplaine Visual Arts Center , Atkins Arboretum Gallery, the Decker Gallery at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore’s Creative Alliance at the Patterson and the Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston, Virginia.