College of Lake County, 2013, History of Photography/Darkroom
2013, Social psychology study at Ehime University Japan
Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg, 2006, Bachelor Art
Rachel Wolfe (b. 1984) is an American born artist living in Norway since 2015. Her work is realized in mediums of mediums of image, installation, video, performance of body and voice in galleries, public spaces, and nature. The Print Ateliér represents images from Human Needs.
Awards and scholarships include: 2015 First place by the jury, Imagining New Eurasia exhibition in Gwangju, South Korea. 2015 Woelffer scholarship and 2014 academic merit award from Otis College of Art and Design where she received a Master of Fine Art, 2013 Academic scholarship for social psychology study in Matsuyama Japan, 2009 Historic Pathways winner from Indiana State University.
Epistemology and embodied knowing are the focus of Wolfe's work. Based on living with synesthesia, Wolfe’s work makes perceptions of transitional experience visible. Rooted in an orientation the body is the creator of the mind, calm contemplation and beauty open pathways to commune with life. Influenced by the internal arts of Taoism and Chinese Medicine, her work represents elements of winter, water, time, and often incorporates architecture and nautical vessels directly in the work.
Wolfe also works as in documentary and editorial photography and writing, and teaches movement and meditation through Yoto Studio. An active campaign to supporting art in the arctic is live at: http://rachelwolfe.com/journal/svalbard-residency/
The relationship between Vision and Body roots my practice as an artist. I am interested in embodied ways of knowing. Based on personal experience living with synesthesia, and research in epistemology and perceptual phenomenology, I work to make perceptions of transitional experience visible. To reveal harmonies and discrepancies in subjectivity, reality, and where the two convene.
What the viewer can see what is in the picture is ok, but more interesting is to create work so the picture can be sensed by the viewer who may simultaneously see how they are seeing.
My background in dance, music, and photography inform my choices in mediums of image, installation, video, performance of body and voice in galleries, public spaces, and nature. In this way, my artistic practice produces Visual Art; Visual Art as photographs and images, Visual Art that can be touched (mounted to architectural features/support structures and walls) or felt as in tactile fibres, Visual Art as moving images as video projected into installation spaces and hand held devices in social media, and performances of dance and voice/singing which are also recorded for projection.
My interest in the internal arts of Taoism and Chinese Medicine create an orientation which understands the body as the creator of the mind. From this position, I am interested in developmental psychology and embodied learning techniques, working through literature on Locus of Control, liminal and liminoid transitions. I make art as a means of research and production of cultural objects for contemplation and beauty, to open up pathways to commune with life. Winter, water, architecture, and time are reoccurring themes, with architecture and nautical vessels often directly incorporated in the work.
I maintain professional and documentary work in photography and writing, and teach movement and meditation through Yoto Studio.