Acrylic on Canvas, 36” x 36”
Sheridan & McLymont collection
I went to art school with Rachel and remember vividly when she brought into our thesis class a couple of paintings where she was developing this style. The craftsmanship and the social commentary she established, intertwined and pulsed through the pieces. She selected colors that reflect a woman’s makeup palette, and worked in a style that harkened to the often tedious “women’s work”, craft movement, and old damask weaving patterns.
When Rachel displayed this piece in her thesis exhibition, I was floored. Trying to comprehend the sheer amount of hours it must have taken her to create it boggled my mind, not to mention the creation of the “lace” piece (made completely of acrylic, as well) that drapes the bottom half and THEN... her willingness to disavow any attachment to the time spent in pushing carefully mixed acrylic paint through mesh to achieve the softly oozing damask relief, to go and SMEAR a good bit of it to bring it to completion?! Man!!! That’s some willingness to risk, and attach oneself to the reality of impermanence... it hit right to my core and never let go. I’d never seen an artist (before or since) step up to that kind of risk in a piece and so brazenly AND successfully pull it off.
This is the first time I purchased a piece that felt like raw unbridled power and feminism in art form.
Have a look at the detail shots and keep in mind that all that you see is acrylic paint, there is no supporting structure (beyond the canvas) beneath.