ARTIST'S STATEMENT: I’ve long been captivated by stories of my ancestors—both my early Mormon ancestors and my 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 ancestral figurines as ghosts who inhabit my world, but ghosts I can pick up and play with.
BIO: Rachel Farmer is an American artist (British/German ancestry) raised in Utah and currently based in Brooklyn. They earned an MFA degree in sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and work in a variety of media, including hand-built ceramic sculpture, installation, photography and video.
Rachel recently exhibited a series of new sculptures at the Jane Hartsook Gallery (NYC) in Ceramics Now, featuring work by the four fellowship/resident artists at Greenwich House Pottery in 2021. Previous residencies include Space on Ryder Farm (2019), the Museum of Arts & Design (2016), and Brush Creek Arts (2014). In 2013 they were awarded an A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship, that culminated in a solo exhibition. Additional solo exhibitions include site-specific installations for Granary Arts (UT, 2018) and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art (NYC, 2017).
Group exhibitions include Material Issues: Strategies in Twenty-First Century Craft at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Expanded Visions: Fifty Years of Collecting at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, 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 Arts, UT).
SOCIAL MEDIA: @rachelleefarmer
NOTE: All ceramic sculptures are made from unglazed stoneware clay. Standing figures are between 5-6 inches tall. Please get in touch for more detailed information.