ARTIST’S STATEMENT:  I’ve long been captivated by stories of my ancestors—both my Mormon pioneer ancestors and my pioneering queer ancestors. I’m interested in what we inherit, everything from cultural biases to mannerisms to tacky memorabilia. What mythologies guide, or haunt our lives—either knowingly, or unknowingly? I see these pioneer figurines as ghosts who inhabit my world, but ghosts I can pick up and play with.


BIO:  Rachel is a Brooklyn-based artist who hails originally from Provo, Utah—with a stop in between to earn an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She works in a variety of media, with her current series incorporating hand-built ceramic sculpture, photography and video. She was awarded a 2013–14 A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship, that culminated in a solo exhibition, “Ancestors“. Group exhibitions include “Beyond the Bed Covers” curated by Laura-Petrovich-Cheney (A.I.R. Gallery, NY), “Torn and Fired: new work in collage and clay” curated by Jason Andrew (Outlet Fine Art, Brooklyn), “Illegitimate and Herstorical,” curated by Emily Roysdon (A.I.R. Gallery, NY), “#throwbackthursday / #flashbackfriday,” juried by Scott Chasse and Hrag Vartanian (Calico, NY), and “Land + Place + Performance,” curated by Laura Allred Hurtado (Granary Art Center, UT). Her work is included in the Feminist Art Base (digital archive, Brooklyn Museum) and she was a resident artist, through the Artist Studios Program, at the Museum of Arts & Design (2016). Her first solo museum project, an installation titled “Ancestors Traversing Quilts”, debuted at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, summer 2017.


NOTE: All ceramic sculptures in this series are made from high-fired stoneware clay and are unglazed. Standing figures are between 4.5-6 inches tall. Please get in touch for more detailed information.