Rachel Frank

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Vapors, 2017 Single Channel Hd Video Still © Rachel Frank
Vessels, 2017 Single Channel Hd Video Still © Rachel Frank
Rewidling Platte Clove, 2014 Performance Still © Rachel Frank
American Bison I. (from The Rewilding Project), 2014 Cloth, Thread, Wool, Sheepskin, Acrylic And Other Materials 21 X 29 X 29" © Rachel Frank
Coelodonta antiquitatis, Pleistocene Era Woolly Rhinoceros, (from Vapors) , 2015 Fabric, Thread, Wool, Horsehair, And Other Materials 25 X 33 X 28" © Rachel Frank
Garment for Rewilding Oysters, 2017 Fabric, Thread, Hand Sculpted Ceramic Oyster Shells, Ceramic Glaze, Glass Beads, Brass Grommets, And Rope 51 X 18 X 10” © Rachel Frank
Rhytons for the Anthropocene, 2017 Ceramic With Glaze And China Marker © Rachel Frank
Pattern for a Yurt III., 2016 Fabric, Thread, Glass Beads, And Brass Grommets 76 X 64" © Rachel Frank
Pattern for a Yurt I., 2015 Fabric, Thread, Glass Beads, And Brass Grommets 73 X 58" © Rachel Frank
Protective Cape, 2014 Fabric, Thread, Glass Beads, And Horse Hair 48.5 X 34” © Rachel Frank
Rewilding the Marshlands of New York City, 2015 Fabric, Thread, Plexi Glass Mirror, Wire, Wood, Wax, Acrylic, And Paper 20 X 38 X 33” © Rachel Frank
Sleep of Reason, Performed in 2010, 2011, and 2015 Performance Still With Fabric Masks And Sets © Rachel Frank
Quick Facts
Fort Thomas, KY
Lives in
Brooklyn, NY
University of Pennsylvania, 2005, MFA
Kansas City Art Institute, 2003, BFA
installation, performance, sculpture


My work uses sculpture, theater, and performance to explore the tensions between the natural world and the manmade, the animal and the political, and the past and the present. Themes of environmentalism and social justice are examined through narratives focused on memory, imagined landscapes, and loss. Often in my work, I think of memory as passages in time where emblems of the lost eras (bison, mammoth, ruins) can be reflected on in conjunction with current political or environmental concerns. At other times, objects themselves may express spatial and transformative power: a sculptural yurt can evoke the grounding relationships of past nomadic peoples to the unknown, in stark contrast to today’s bureaucratic displacement of peoples. Political narratives and collective memory are also problematized allegorically using sculptural masks and tableaux vivants


Born and raised in Kentucky, Rachel Frank received her BFA from The Kansas City Art Institute and her MFA from The University of Pennsylvania. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including grants from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, The Puffin Foundation, and The Franklin Furnace Archive. She has attended residencies at Yaddo, The Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation, Sculpture Space, The Women’s Studio Workshop, and The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her performance pieces have been shown at HERE, Socrates Sculpture Park, The Select Fair, and The Bushwick Starr in New York City, The Marran Theater at Lesley University, and most recently at The Watermill Center in collaboration with Robert Wilson. Currently, she lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

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