United States of America
Rachel Sommer is an emerging artist who started her art career through graffiti and muralism in Australia. From then on, she has been dedicated full time to develop herself technically and conceptually. Without formal education in arts, Sommer shows a great dedication into fantasy and dark art, building step by step her alternative paths through the art world.
Casting highlights on each body of work to pierce the shadows that shrouds each of her subjects, Rachel focuses on finding balance of darkness and light. She uses sadness, rejection, manipulation, and heartbreak as a cornerstone to each artwork but to also show light breaking through and to give a sense of regaining strength. Like any artist, her process of making artwork is messy. Experimenting with different mediums, she creates a story and an entire world around her subject; Inviting you in and making you question what has happened to this person to cause such pain? Where are they going from here? Most people have a cornerstone of some traumatic experience or suffering of some kind. Rachel works to provide an insight into that dark place and provides a glimmer of hope and a sense of regaining strength. Always remember how far you have come.
After her residency period, Rachel showed her painting and illustration works at the September Open Studio to share and exchange processes with the artists Piotr Skowron and Damian Idzikowzki (Poland) and guest artist David Pimentel Segura (Peru).
1994 | Gainesville, Florida, USA
Transitions, Workshop, Melbourne, Australia
Gazed and Confused, (Virtual) Girl Museum
Permutation, Superfun Gallery, Gainesville, Florida, USA
Going Goth, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, USA
Homegrown, Civic Media Center, Eternity Melbourne Fringe Festival, Melbourne, Australia
Spotlight, Santa Fe College, Gainesville, Florida, USA
´aceNITE, Open Studio
Open Studio 9
Artists in Dialogue
As a closure to the September 2017 residency period, on September 27th we held an Open Studio to share and exchange the processes of the artists in residency with the local colleagues and public.
Polish artists Piotr Skowron and Damian Idzikowzki presented their silkscreen works, as well as the photolithography pieces that they were developing in the ´ace workshop.
The artist David Pimentel Segura (Peru) was invited to exhibit at this event. He was in Buenos Aires as an artist in residence in RAP| Panal361. David made an installation in the Central Hall of ´ace which consisted of an illustration on stickers with an aesthetic that combines pop, the Peruvian chicha culture and the format of the Instagram photographs.
In the studio The Tower, Rachel Sommer, artist from US who did an Exploration Residency, showed her work in painting and illustration. Sommer investigated the popular myths of Argentina and combined them with her dark and gothic aesthetic.
ARTISTS IN RESIDENCY
Damian Idzikowski (Polonia)
Piotr Skowron (Polonia)
Rachel Sommer (EE. UU.)
David Pimentel Segura (Perú)
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