Rachel Wolfe

Rachel Wolfe

United States, CA, United States

About Rachel Wolfe

Rachel Wolfe is a synesthetic, project-based artist working to generate a compassionate gaze through meditative and immersive experiences. Many of her works utilise scale and space, pigment rich affects, and elemental allegory.

Born and raised in the Midwestern United States, Rachel pursued philosophy, writing, dance, piano, and singing before studying interior architecture and advertising communications. After working as a designer and copywriter, she worked at galleries while studying and working with photography. She studied social psychology in Matsuyama, Japan, and moved to California for graduate school. After completing an MFA in Los Angeles, Rachel moved to Norway continuing art and photography with public events and exhibitions, began making short films, developing artistic research and learning methods while studying human behavior, traditions in textile production, Japanese dance and book making. She completed artist residencies in Oslo (Norway), Trélex (Switzerland), Kjerringøy Land Art (Norway), and works internationally, primarily between the USA and Nordics.

Seeing the body as the generative force in cognition and art as transcendental cathexis for the vision body relationship, she looks at ways geological time merges with elemental wisdom in ways places make people. Working to illuminate perceptions on ways technologies convene in human relationships with nature, she aims to nurture reverence for eros and site-specific wisdom. Her award-winning work engages in aesthetic ethics of beauty and the sublime, and is held in private and public collections including 1st place by the jury for the monolithic image and text, Omniscient, in the Imaging New Eurasia exhibition in Gwangju (South Korea). Albumen Gallery (London) and The Print Atelier (Montréal) represent several of her photographic series. She exhibits and works internationally with imaging and editing, education, writing, and installations. Rachel's teaching experience is rooted in lifelong body/movement practices through courses and workshops, ages 6 through adult.

Education

2015 Master Fine Art, Otis College of Art and Design
2006 Bachelor Art, Illinois Institute of Art
Formal studies in Washi Paper, Norwegian Language, Social Psychology, Photography, Interior Design, Piano, Voice, Dance forms in Butoh, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip-Hop.

Exhibitions

Triptych Photography, Salmis, Greece
Trøndelag Bildene Kunstneres Annual Exhibition, Norway
Body Line, Groningen, Netherlands
Solfége Souche, Paris, France
Affordable Art Fair, London, U.K.
LoosenArt, Rome, Italy
Arteriet, Kristiansand, Norway
AWMAS 2020, UC Santa Barbara, USA
Ankers Mek, Aker Brygge, Oslo, Norway
MiM Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA
CICA Museum, Gyeonggi-do, Korea
Trance& Gallery, Oslo, Norway
Oslo Open, Fotogalleriet, Oslo, Norway
Damocles, Yorkshire Artspace, Sheffield, UK
Nout Art Gallery, Cairo, Egypt
Palazzo Michiel, Strada Nova, Venezia, Italy
Verité, Aker Brygge, Oslo, Norway
Elvelangs i Fakkelly, Frysja, Oslo, Norway
Finnskogutstillingen, Grue Finnskog, Norway
CYAN Studio, Oslo, Norway
Rockford University, Rockford, Illinois, USA
Pieve di San Cresci, Florence, Italy
Lekter'n, Aker Brygge, Oslo, Norway
Atelier Nord, Grünerløkka, Oslo, Norway
Smelteverket, Vulkan, Oslo, Norway
PraksisOslo, Rådhusgate, Oslo, Norway
Palos Verdes Art Center, California, USA
Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, South Korea
Bolsky Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA
Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, USA
LA Mart, Los Angeles, California, USA
Walker Point Center For the Arts, Milwaukee, USA
Robert T Wright Gallery, Grayslake, Illinois, USA
2Rules Fine Art Gallery, Atlanta, USA
Defibrillator Performance Gallery, Chicago, USA
Wall Space Gallery, California, USA
Northern Trust Bank, Chicago, USA
Johalla Projects Gallery, Chicago, USA
CreateHere Gallery, Chattanooga, TN, USA
Wicker Park/Bucktown Chamber of Commerce, Chicago, USA
Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, Illinois, USA
The Field's Project, Oregon, Illinois, USA