November 9- December 8, 2013
The photographs in this exhibition were taken in a small Midwestern Iowa town. One of those towns described by some as “you can drive through it in the blink of an eye”. Grain silos cast their shadows over the dwindling population. The main street has seen better days. The farm store is still open, there’s a small beauty shop and a place to go have coffee and shoot the breeze. These three images are a small sampling of the Beauty I found there. The Cyan-o-Panties were made using Women’s 100% cotton briefs dyed using the historic cyanotype process, referencing events from my recent and past history.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been captivated by the tenuous relationship between humankind and the natural world. My early fascination with the ways we shape – and are shaped by – our interactions with natural environments informed and eventually became the focus of my photographic work. Most recently, I’ve explored these ideas by investigating the mechanics of our interactions with Tennessee’s largest tract of publicly held land – the Cherokee National Forest. I have dedicated three years to this inquiry which has culminated in the body of work wild|life.
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A native of Antlers, Oklahoma, Rachel has lived and taught in New Orleans since 2005. Rachel has shown extensively, with exhibitions in New Orleans, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, and Austria. In 2009 she was invited to mount a two-person exhibition at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Her work is part of that museum’s permanent collection, as well as many other private collections. Rachel’s work has been reviewed in many national publications, including ArtForum, Art Papers, the New Orleans Art Review, and TimeOut Chicago. Rachel is also a founding member of The Front.