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Exhibition Detail
87 Rivington Street
New York, NY 10002

February 23rd, 2014 - March 30th, 2014
February 23rd, 2014 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
, Rachel MasonRachel Mason
© Courtesy of the artist & envoy enterprises
east village/lower east side
Tue by appointment; Wed-Sat 12-6
sculpture, video-art

envoy enterprises is pleased to announce Starseeds, the first solo exhibition by Rachel Mason. The exhibition comprises a new series of sculptures, Mason's original music and a video installation in the project room.

I am a Starseed.

Starseeds are people from another planet who come to earth specifically to fulfill a mission. They often feel isolated as though they don't quite fit into human society.

I spent the better part of the years 2004-2011 studying t he faces of world leaders who were involved in wars during my lifetime. Sculpting porcelain busts and writing songs in their imagined minds was an exercise I undertook in order to grasp the massive numbers of people killed in conflicts during my life. I wanted to understand how a small number of people could affect massive numbers of people so I had to stare them in the face. I had to get inside their minds. I wanted to understand how I am connected to these individuals because I believe that I am.

Finally I was done. I just could not sculpt another world leader. And on a whim I sculpted the head of Joni Mitchell, the iconic songwriter. Realizing I had been ignoring a huge piece of the world I live in by focusing only on one type of person, a type of person who felt like the opposite to me, I realized how desperately I wanted to star into the faces of those people with whom I could identify. People of my species. I started sculpting people with whom I felt a total kinship. I used only the subliminal logic of my fingertips to guide my choices of humans and the results are in this exhibition.

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