United States of America
Rachel Singel is an Associate Professor at the University of Louisville who grew up on a small farm in Charlottesville, Virginia. Rachel received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia in 2009 and a Masters of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the University of Iowa in 2013. She has participated in residencies in the USA, in Italy, in Spain and in New Zealand. She has studied non-toxic printmaking at the Grafisk Eksperimentarium studio in Andalusia and will continue her research at Proyecto´ace in the Summer of 2022. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and represented in private, public and museum collections.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
My imagery comes from what I see in nature. From a hollow in a tree to a break in the clouds, absence is a recurring motif. These spaces intrigue me, and I begin to wonder where they might lead. The work is my response to the intricacies and depth of natural forms. I seek to observe the processes of nature and embody them in my own works of art.
Lines are the building block of my world. The printmaking process allows for a technical consideration of how these lines are distributed throughout the work, with the weight of each line relating directly to how much time it etches. Their physical qualities carry weight; they do not descend into the paper but protrude from the surface. Lines develop into curves, from curves to semi-circles, and from semi-circles to the full circle. This stylistic tendency comes from my interest in openings in nature—those places around which nature’s complex forms develop. Close studies of natural objects reveal holes in their surfaces. The space is a source of weight—a fulcrum point that seizes my attention by giving the illusion of an even deeper space, seeming to recede to infinity. The lines radiate out from these seeming voids—the starting points for infinite variation within the work.
As each line extends outward, the form begins to resemble how it occurs in nature: subject to the elements around it. This may be a vine changing direction because of other competing growth, a tree trunk consuming a barbed wire fence, or even the clay that once made-up a riverbank eroding away during a flood. Ultimately, my work is about discovering, then understanding, and finally expressing an attitude towards nature.
During Together Apart—#FUTURE I harvested an invasive species known as Yellow Flag Iris and used it to form sheets of paper on which I then printed copper etchings of native plants using non-toxic methods. One of my goals with this process is to bring awareness to nature’s complexity and fragility, as well as promote environmental consciousness.
For the collaborative project, my group members and I expanded on this with our final work, Recycling the Future, a mixed-media generative artwork carried out to investigate various processes of waste management and what it may look like in the future.
Ultimately, Together Apart—#FUTURE has been an incredible opportunity to meet other artists from around the world and develop my practice. The lectures and discussions were inspiring and have sparked new ideas and opened up new directions for me. I am grateful for all of the connections that I have made through this program and cannot wait to attend Proyecto´ace in person as an Artist-in-residence in summer 2022!
1987 | Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
Lives and works in Louisville, Kentucky, USA
2013 | Masters of Fine Arts, University of Iowa, USA
2012 | Masters of Arts, University of Iowa, USA
2009 | Bachelor of Arts, University of Virginia, USA
2021 | Collection Mini Print Cantabria, La Mer et les Phares à Bordeaux, Cervantes Institute, Bordeaux, France
2020 | 7ma Bienal Internacional de Grabado Aguafuerte, Exhibition Hall of the Pimentel Palace, Valladolid, Spain
2020 | Eighth Edition of the International Triennial of Graphic Arts Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria
2018 | Print Exhibition (solo), IMPACT 10 Conference, Centro Cultural Doctor Madrazo, Santander, Spain
2018 | Osten International Biennial of Drawing, Osten Gallery, Skopje, Macedonia
2019 | Wharepuke Print Studio, Kerikeri, New Zealand
2018 | Artist-in-residence, Art Print Residence, Arenys de Munt, Barcelona, Spain
2018 | Regional Artist-in-residence, Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, Kentucky, USA
2015-2017 | Independent Artist Residency, Scuola Internazionale di Grafica di Venezia, Venice, Italy
2012-2014 | Venice Printmaking Studio, Venice, Italy
2021 | Puffin Foundation Grant, The Puffin Foundation Ltd.
2020 | Pollination Project Grant, The Pollination Project: Micro Grants for Social Change
2019 | Artist Professional Development Grant, Great Meadows Foundation, Louisville, USA
2019 | EVPRI Intramural Research Incentive Grant, University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA
2018 | Burning Man Global Arts Grant, Burning Man
2021 | Printmaking and the Etched Mark, artist lecture via Zoom, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, South Carolina
2020 | Silkscreen Demonstration with Artist and UofL Professor Rachel Singel (online), Speed Art Museum’s Virtual After Hours, Louisville, Kentucky
2019 | Artist Talk and Chine-collé Demonstration with Pronto Plates, University of Ohio, School of Art + Design, Athens, Ohio
2018 | Artist Talk to the Studio Printmakers’ Collective, Lake House Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
2018 | Visiting Artist Lecture, Metropolitan State University, Denver, Colorado
#6 | FUTURE: results
Artists in dialogue
“We must begin to educate ourselves, no longer in the critical exercise, but in the propositional abundance of ideas and worlds. That is the now of tomorrow ” CHUS MARTÍNEZ
#FUTURE (English cohort) was a new session of Together Apart through which we embarked into different considerations and proposals about and for the future. Taking as a framework artistic and conceptual references in relation to utopian and situated futures, the international cohort of artists worked individually and in collaboration, addressing the main theme through artistic practice, collective discussions and conceptual frameworks. This was a specially interesting cohort in regards to the articulation of disciplines and technologies. The working proposals were approached by creations that included printmaking to new media arts, textile arts and sustainable practices, including architecture and design. To mention only a few of the statements that the artists proposed, future was addressed as the negative space that implies how a form might move into it, future is the feeling of anticipation, future is the will to get back cancelled desires, future is transformation, future is restoration, future is expanding the present, future is a wheel spinning in its axis…
Transformation as a process to evoke the future was central in the work of many artists: transformation of materials (reuse, recycle, repetition, erasure), transformation of subjectivities (due to personal will or to external experiences) including gender transformation and approaches to transformations in our brain and body structures.
What other temporalities does the nature offer? Artists approached nature as the main master to explore life cycles, continuities of transformation and an endless source of wonder.
Nature and culture, considered in an imbricate dialogue and not as separate, allowed us to think in different timelines. Artists chose to work in collaboration with nature, from creating working materials from natural resources, as producing paper with plants, using poisonous leaves for an artistic gesture or exposing the artwork to outside atmospheric conditions for long periods of time.
The future of our artistic practices were also considered from proposals which would only unravel in the future or by creating a testament for the future distribution of artwork, even through taking care of the waste that art produces.
On July 14th we will make a public online presentation of all the collaborations which were initiated through this online programme and we will continue exploring through the practice such challenging and fundamental questions related to the future.
DANIELA RUIZ MORENO | Curator-in-Residence
FUTURE VIRTUAL OPENING
July 14th, 2021
4PM GMT-3 | Argentina
Daniela Ruiz Moreno, connecting from Madrid, Spain
Joseph Scheer, connecting from Alfred, NY, USA
Diaa Ahmedien | Cairo, Egypt
Christopher Bradd | Toronto, Canada
Jess Carlock | Portland, OR, USA
Lindsey Clark Ryan | USA
Lucio Gorzalczany | Buenos Aires, Argentina
Beth Grabowski | Chapel Hill, NC, USA
Trisha Gupta | Burtonsville, USA
Lorena Pradal | Zárate, Argentina
Claudia Roselli | Florence, Italy
Carrie Scanga |Portland, Maine, USA
Char Schwall | Kansas City, MO, USA
Rachel Singel | Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Kelsey Stephenson | Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Clare Thomas |Victoria, BC, Canada
Gerry Trilling |Kansas City, MO, USA