Of late, Rachel has been creating a body of work that explores the wild ache of anxiety and what it does to our perspective of the world. She also wanted to explore the strangeness and grace of life at the end, through the eyes of those who are elderly and have embraced the old, the limits of the body.
Rachel is drawn to texture, layers and abrasions, elements that physically change the depth and force of a painting.
Her newest series, titled "Now, Where is the Beginning and Where is the End?" feels like coming home to an intensity, a raw scraping, a manic state, a grating against the nerve. She wants people to feel the struggle and complexity in her work, and she wants them to know it is okay.
Rachel relies on unconventional tools such as rocks, forks and dried plants to create marks and texture.. She builds layers and peels them back, only to cover them up again. Each piece feels like the process of intensive therapy. Digging deep, discovering scary wounds, dissociating, coming back. Sometimes we learn a layer about ourselves, and under it is another layer. Sometimes, we cover up a wound that didn’t get enough light, that we quickly wanted to forget about so we rushed the healing. This process can be so ugly, but on the other side there is calm. Light. Hope. An insane amount of love for self. Acceptance.