Rachel Wolfe is an interdisciplinary artist whose images and installations create a sensual and emotive view the relationship between Vision and Body. Her monolithic image and text, Omniscient, recently won 1st place by the jury in the Imagining New Eurasia exhibition at Asia Culture Center in Gwanju, South Korea. She holds an MFA from Otis College of Art and Design. Rachel lives and works in Los Angeles and Oslo.

“The essential questions I work with are meditations on the Nature of Desire, or what moves a Body? I create art to consider aesthetic experience as a forum for conversations about the relationship between Vision and the Body. Quietness, nature and slowness are continual focal points through images and installation, drawing, video, fiber work, writing  and performance.

I have grown increasingly interested in the literal and material ways language and electronic data traffic are visually constructed, and the relationship these changes have with human bodies. The human experience can be said to have three primary arenas-cognition, perception and emotion. Cognition has led at the forefront, with perception gaining interest, and emotion least acknowledged and often subject to pathologization. I seek to balance this spectrum of cognition, perception and emotion through the artwork I make centered on the felt senses. These art are not about my own emotion or feeling persay, but rather meditations on the senses themselves.”


Education

2015 MFA, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA
2014 Social Psychology, Ehime University, Matsuyama, Japan
2006 BA – Advertising, Illinois Institute of Art, Schaumburg, IL
2003 Interior Design, Illinois Institute of Art, Schaumburg, IL

Awards, Grants & Scholarships

2015 First Place by the Jury, Imagining New Eurasia, Asia Culture Center, South Korea
2015 Woelffer Scholarship, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA
2014 Academic Merit Award, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA
2013 Academic Scholarship, Sociology Study at Ehime University in Matsuyama, Japan
2009 Indiana Pathways Historic Contest Winner, Indiana University

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017 Teknovisuell Experience, public installation, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA
2015 Operations of Image Architecture, installation, Graduate Studios, Los Angeles, CA
2015 Making Sense, installation, Bolsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2010 Not Even But Almost, photography exhibition, The Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016 Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes, CA
2015-2016 Here, There, and Everywhere: Eurasian Cities, Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, South Korea
2015 On the roof, Bolsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2014 Variations of a Whole, Bolsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2014 PhotoLA, LA Mart, CA
2013 DC Fotoweek, Washington DC
2013 Robert T. Wright Gallery, College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL
2012 2Rules Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2012 My Own Wilderness, Exhibition & Publication
2011 Not even but almost, Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery, Chicago, IL
2011 Not even but almost, Digital projection of images, Bristol, United Kingdom
2011 Life Support Japan, Wall-Space Gallery, CA
2011 Contemporary Portraits by women photographers, Northern Trust Bank, Chicago, IL
2010 90,000 Miles on I-90 book included in CCNY Exhibition, New York, NY
2010 Illustrated drawing, Johalla Projects Gallery, 50 Alderman/50 Artists, Chicago, IL
2009 Slideluck Potshow III, digital image projection, Chicago, IL
2009 Docks photograph, CreateHere Gallery, Chatanooga, Tennessee
2008 Contemporary photographs of Chicago, Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce, Chicago, IL
1999 The Field’s Project, land design and sculpture, view-able by air, Oregon, IL

Residencies

2017 PRAKSIS Oslo: A Global State of Pareidolia

Publications

2014 Bound by Water
2014 Spread
2012 Espla
2010 90,000 miles on I-90