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

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

2018 Butoh Workshop Scholarship, The National Academy for The Arts, Oslo, Norway
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

2018 Et Dypt Nett, image sculpture and light installation, Elvelangs i Fakkellys, Smelteverksted, Vulkan, Oslo, Norway
2018 Vesper Monumenter, sculpture and video projection installation Elvelangs i Fakkellys, Frysja i Bydel Nodre Aker, Oslo, Norway
2018 Bevegelsene, photography, Oslo Art and Fashion Festival, Vérité, Aker Brygge, Oslo, Norway
2017 Stop Bath, multimedia installation, Lekter’n, Oslo Art & Fashion Festival, Aker Brygge, Oslo, Norway
2017 Teknovisuell Experience, public installation, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA
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

2018 Photographs from Surreal Landscapes, Tid (time), CYAN Studio, Oslo, Norway
2018 Paintings from Flat Bottom Boat project,Finnskogutstillingen, Grue Finnskog, Norway
2018 Black and white darkroom wave photograph, Benefit Auction, Rockford University, Rockford, Illinois, United States
2017 Recent Works and Jul Pop-Up, Majorstuen, Oslo, Norway
2017 Ex Nihilo, La Macina Di San Cresci, Greve in Chianti, Florence, Italy
2017 Limerence, Paintings and performance, Olaf Reyes Plass 2, Grünerløkka, Oslo, Norway
2017 9Worlds of Image and Light, Elvelangs i Fakkellys, Smelteverksted, Vulkan, Oslo, Norway
2017 PraksisOslo Kulturnatt residency show, Rådhusgata 19, Oslo, Norway
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

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

Publications

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