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Rachel Frank

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Vapors, 2017 Video Still Variable © Rachel Frank
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Rewidling Platte Clove, 2014 Performance With Fabric Mask © Rachel Frank
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American Bison I. (from The Rewilding Project), 2014 Cloth, Thread, Wool, Sheepskin, Acrylic And Other Materials 21 X 29 X 29" © Rachel Frank
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Coelodonta antiquitatis, Pleistocene Era Woolly Rhinoceros, (from Vapors) , 2015 Fabric, Thread, Wool, Horsehair, And Other Materials 25 X 33 X 28" © Rachel Frank
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Pattern for a Yurt III. , 2016 Fabric, Thread, Glass Beads And Brass Grommets 76 X 64" © Rachel Frank
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Pattern for a Yurt I., 2015 Cloth, Thread, And Glass Beads 73 X 58 Inches © Rachel Frank
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Protective Cape, 2014 Cloth, Thread, Glass Beads, Horsehair 48.5 X 34” © Rachel Frank
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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
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Mound, 2013 Fabric, Thread, Metallic Dust, Wire, Wax, Wood, Acrylic, And Paper Collaged Trash Items By Matt Bollinger 28 X 43 X 26” © Rachel Frank and Matt Bollinger
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Sleep of Reason, Performed in 2010, 2011, and 2015 Performance Still With Fabric Masks And Sets © Rachel Frank
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Tree, 2012 Wood, Cloth, Thread, Glass Beads, Acrylic, And Mixed Materials 36 X 65 X 23” © Rachel Frank
Quick Facts
Birthplace
Fort Thomas, KY
Lives in
Brooklyn, NY
Schools
University of Pennsylvania, 2005, MFA
Kansas City Art Institute, 2003, BFA
Tags
installation, performance, sculpture
Statement

Statement:

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

Bio:

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.