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Rachel Wolfson
Salem, Oregon

Western Oregon University,
Assistant Professor

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I've always been a little obsessed with vehicles, and buildings.  Cars are powerful, and require control, yet are widely accessible.  Buildings are highly accessible too; we all live in live in them, go inside of them for groceries and events, and our general perception of them lies in what they offer to us.  Yet, if we take a closer look at their details we can find a history of the people that built them, fixed them, inhabited their spaces and drove them around, as well as the progress that takes place in their construction or a new coat of paint.  It is this idea of past, present and future being held in one object that is at the heart of my paintings.  Oil paint traditionally holds an image still in time, and I use it to suggest that these objects have moved, and will move, but are held for the viewe's inspection right between the two states.


born: 1982, Baltimore, Maryland


Indiana University, MFA, 2011
Maryland Institute College of Art, BFA, 2007

selected awards/honors

Overseas Study Fellowship, Indiana University, 2011
Teaching Fellowship, Indiana University, 2009-2011
Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, 2007
Williamsburg Paint Grant, 2003

selected publications

Canvas Creative Arts Magazine; Spring 2011 Volume 14 Issue 2. Bloomington, IN: Union Board p. 6-9, 2011
The Child Ballads. Baltimore, MD: The Rotating History Project p. 20-21, 2011

selected group shows

Buckham Gallery: Juried Exhibition, Flint MI, 2012 (upcoming)
Linn Benton Community College: WOU Faculty Show, Corvalis, OR 2011
Union Docks: The Child Ballads, New York, NY 2011
Zhou B. Art Center: National Wet Paint Exhibit, Chicago, IL 2011



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