About

RACHEL WILLIAMSON








Through my work I want to explore an individual’s experience and relationships -- their relationship to themselves, to society, to other individuals, and to space.

I am drawn to the philosophy of metamodernism. The idea of lurching between modernism and postmodernism, sincerity and irony, optimism and cynicism, shows itself in the variety between pieces. “Who Killed Cock Robin”, an acrylic painting on canvas created in response to a friend’s suicide attempt, pursues the subversion of the idea of birds as symbols of freedom and questions humanity’s relation to death. At the same time, a sculptural work -consisting of carved foam and plaster arms abstractly intertwined and suspended gripping a twine rope and LED string- celebrates the beauty of an intimate relationship, and the idea of love as an action as opposed to a feeling.

Many of my works explore material significance and history as communication. For example, “Untitled (Womb)” embraces the traditional association with knitting as well as the form created by supporting wire to evoke a feeling of cozy security and female empowerment. Just as the art world reaffirms fiber as an interesting and important medium because of (not in spite of) its connection to femininity, this piece seeks to reaffirm the significance and power of motherhood.

Perception is an important theme in my work as well. One oil painting on canvas explores contrast between clarity and blur, setting a sharp rectangle (reminiscent of a text box) against a background of blended abstract colors. It seeks to express the arbitrariness of human focus. “Shoe” questions the visual relationship between two dimensions and three dimensions. The piece is a combination of sculpture and painting -- two plaster-filled leather riding boots serve as canvas for a boot painted on them as if they were a two dimensional space. Only by experiencing the piece from the intended point of view can one recognize the painting. “Repose” considers perception of value, functioning as an abstracted master copy of John Singer Sargent “Nonchaloir” using thrift shop clothes and house paint.

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