Hi. I’m Rachel. I am an artist, feminist practitioner, and crone of compassion and wisdom living among the lakes and scattered prairie and sedge remnants on stolen Ho-Chunk land in Madison, Wisconsin (originally called Taychopera, or “land of the four lakes”). I create using clay and paper, glaze and paint, brush and pen. My body of work is informed by my lived experiences, past and present. I look to the objects, landscapes and people around me to guide my creative process. I take artistic cues from the natural processes which I bear witness to day to day – flowers growing wild and free in my garden, rust slowly consuming metal – and my sacred relations with both the human and more than human world.
When I am not creating art in my home studio, you might find me practicing yoga, gardening, or reading on my porch, tea in hand and tabby cat by my side. I document and reflect on art, creating, and more personal parts of my life in my blog.
About my paintings: I received a formal education in painting at Loras College in Iowa, where I studied under Tom Jewell-Vitale. I create my drawings and painting on paper or canvas using a variety of media. My pieces are generated from my lived experience. They speak not only to nature, grief, and motherhood, but also to the human condition.
About my ceramics: I have been creating ceramics throughout my entire life. My ceramic work includes both wheel-thrown forms, and forms hand-built from clay slabs or coils. My work is naturalistic, intuitive, and often sculptural. I allow the clay and glaze to speak for themselves, creating rough natural edges and color patterns reminiscent of the earth herself.