College of Lake County, 2013, History of Photography/Darkroom
2013, Social psychology study at Ehime University Japan
Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg, 2006, BA
Rachel Wolfe (b.1984) is an American-born artist based in Oslo and LA. Wolfe graduated with Master in Fine Arts from Otis College of Art and Design in 2015.
Her monolithic work and text, Omniscient, won first place by the jury in the Imaging New Eurasia Exhibition in Gwanju, South Korea. Her work is represented by [ insert news in June], exhibited, installed in public spaces, and collected. She is available for commissions, photography, writing, artist talks, and performance corroborations.
Her foundation is composed of practice and studies in dance, photography, marketing communication, and (colonial) traditional chinese medicine studies. She works through a process of looking at ideological systems and structural dynamics of culture. Wolfe realizes works of images and installations by utilizing a quasi-anthropological series of thought and production patterns through etymology, narrative, consumer computing technology, and contemporary psychology practices. This semi-professional mannerism brings forth Art as a site for artefacts on quasi-scientific sense research and meditative thought. Wolfe is attracted to blatant displays of sensuality, which has led to projects about materiality, detritus, the symbolic, and institution.
Works, CV and journal at: www.rachelwolfe.com
Her monolithic work and text, Omniscient, won first place by the jury in the Imaging New Eurasia Exhibition in Gwanju, South Korea. Her work is exhibited, installed in public spaces, and collected. She is available for commissions, photography, writing, artist talks, and performance collaborations.
Contact: EMail rachel.wolfe(at)me.com. Purchase prints and extend financial support with this paypal link. Reading shelf: Sensitive Chaos and many others here.
Expose: The human experience can be said to have three primary arenas-cognition, perception and emotion. Cognition has led at the forefront, with perception gaining interest, and emotion least acknowledged and often subject to pathologization. I seek to balance this spectrum of cognition, perception and emotion through the artwork I make centered on the felt senses. These art are not about my own emotion or feeling persay, but rather meditations on the senses themselves.
Throughout my life and work, I encounter concepts about perception and cognition as originating from the mind-aka Cartesian Dualism. The orientation my work forms from is based on the notion that perception and cognition arise from the Body. This subtle variation in orientation allows emotion to enter conversations along with cognition and perception. By engaging the visceral, subtle senses of the body toward an orientation of: And and Both- Vision can be understood through experience as a aspect of the Body. I'm interested in activating conversations about tolerance, ambiguity, qualities of vulnerability, intrinsic (versus informed) desire, nature, realness, and reverence for water.
In creating validity for Body, dissolving Either or Or, creates opportunities to bypass simple dichotomies, such as the metaphysical and the materialist, to rather work directly with the division itself. Though expanding this division with immersive and aesthetic experiences, private conversations about the felt, sensed, and emoted are made public in dialogues with perception and cognition.
Having been raised in a river-valley town among the flat-lands of the rural, American Midwest, my personal relationship with the woods and nature offered me elemental subjects to study, to which I turn most often to today. I study historic sites of trauma (such as created by war or devastating social event) and root into geographies which encase the body, such as deep waters, snow, and mountains. At 6 years old, I began a lifelong dance practice with tap, jazz, and ballet, hip-hop and modern dance before starting yoga at 15. Breath regulation, nervous system study, dream states, and perception at dusk are actively studied with an interest to activate meditative experiences from within, or without a consumed substance. Puzzled by ideas and languages about consuming, I studied social psychology and worked in advertising to learn ways in which desire can be informed from input.
After earning a Master in Fine Art in 2015 I continue focusing art making as an artefact on a slow development of learning about nontraditional human senses such as proprioception and chronoception- or the perception of feeling through time. I began teaching in experiential formats in 2012, and have been working as a photographer since 2008 in the areas of documentary, nature, portraiture, events, travel and culture, and documenting works of artists, designers and architects. My work is often sold directly from my studio, and has been collected and exhibited in the United States, Europe and Asia. I speak publicly on Development, Attribution, Sensitisation, and the human body's connection with the earth.