Rachel Wolfe (b. 1984, USA) is an artist working with representing Becoming and Form. Drawing upon influences from Surrealism, Art Nouveau, and Modern Japanese Ceramics, Wolfe uses the apparatus of photography directly and as a proxy for representing memory phenomena through mediums of image, performance, and multi-media sensory installations. Bodies of water, nature terrain, technology, invisible labor, and a humanist relationship to environment are reoccurring themes in her work.

Born along the Rock River and raised in the rural midwest near a nuclear power station, Rachel trained in dance, piano, and voice. She began working with cameras and drawing while studying Interior Design and Advertising, earning a Bachelor of Art in 2006. While working for 6 years in Chicagoland as a creative producer writing copy, designing, photographing for clients and local newspapers, working in galleries, she continued practice in movement and images, making books, zines, and small scale temporary works.

She studied Social Psychology in Japan and photography at the College of Lake County where she worked before moving to Los Angeles for studies in Studio Art and Theory, working as a teaching assistant and earning a Master of Fine Art in 2015.

She moved to Norway where she lives and works as an artist, writer, photographer, and performer.


Education

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

Awards, Grants & Scholarships

2018Butoh Workshop Scholarship, The National Academy for The Arts, Oslo, Norway
2015First Place by the Jury, Imagining New Eurasia, Asia Culture Center, South Korea
2015Woelffer Scholarship, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA
2014Academic Merit Award, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA
2013Academic Scholarship, Sociology Study at Ehime University in Matsuyama, Japan
2009Indiana Pathways Historic Contest Winner, Indiana University

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018Et Dypt Nett, image sculpture and light installation, Elvelangs i Fakkellys, Smelteverksted, Vulkan, Oslo, Norway
2018Vesper Monumenter, sculpture and video projection installation Elvelangs i Fakkellys, Frysja i Bydel Nodre Aker, Oslo, Norway
2018Bevegelsene, photography, Oslo Art and Fashion Festival, Vérité, Aker Brygge, Oslo, Norway
2017Stop Bath, multimedia installation, Lekter’n, Oslo Art & Fashion Festival, Aker Brygge, Oslo, Norway
2017Teknovisuell Experience, public installation, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA
2017Teknovisuell Experience, public installation, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA
2015Operations of Image Architecture, installation, Graduate Studios, Los Angeles, CA
2015Making Sense, installation, Bolsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2010Not Even But Almost, photography exhibition, The Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018Photographs from Surreal Landscapes, Tid (time), CYAN Studio, Oslo, Norway
2018Paintings from Flat Bottom Boat project,Finnskogutstillingen, Grue Finnskog, Norway
2018Black and white darkroom wave photograph, Benefit Auction, Rockford University, Rockford, Illinois, United States
2017Recent Works and Jul Pop-Up, Majorstuen, Oslo, Norway
2017Ex Nihilo, La Macina Di San Cresci, Greve in Chianti, Florence, Italy
2017Limerence, Paintings and performance, Olaf Reyes Plass 2, Grünerløkka, Oslo, Norway
20179Worlds of Image and Light, Elvelangs i Fakkellys, Smelteverksted, Vulkan, Oslo, Norway
2017PraksisOslo Kulturnatt residency show, Rådhusgata 19, Oslo, Norway
2016Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes, CA
2015-2016Here, There, and Everywhere: Eurasian Cities, Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, South Korea
2015On the roof, Bolsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2014Variations of a Whole, Bolsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2014PhotoLA, LA Mart, CA
2013DC Fotoweek, Washington DC
2013Robert T. Wright Gallery, College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL
20122Rules Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2012My Own Wilderness, Exhibition & Publication
2011Not even but almost, Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery, Chicago, IL
2011Not even but almost, Digital projection of images, Bristol, United Kingdom
2011Life Support Japan, Wall-Space Gallery, CA
2011Contemporary Portraits by women photographers, Northern Trust Bank, Chicago, IL
201090,000 Miles on I-90 book included in CCNY Exhibition, New York, NY
2010Illustrated drawing, Johalla Projects Gallery, 50 Alderman/50 Artists, Chicago, IL
2009Slideluck Potshow III, digital image projection, Chicago, IL
2009Docks photograph, CreateHere Gallery, Chatanooga, Tennessee
2008Contemporary photographs of Chicago, Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce, Chicago, IL
1999The Field’s Project, land design and sculpture, view-able by air, Oregon, IL

Residencies

2018Butoh Workshop Scholarship with Mushimaru Fujieda, The National Academy for The Arts, Oslo, Norway
2017A Global State of Pareidolia with Lindsay Seers, PRAKSISOslo, Rådhusgate and NOTAM, Oslo, Norway
2017PRAKSIS Oslo: A Global State of Pareidolia

Publications

2014Bound by Water
2014Spread
2012Espla
201090,000 miles on I-90