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Rachel Wolfe is an interdisciplinary artist living and working between Norway and the United States. She works with three primary areas: nature, vision and body by employing tools such as camera, film, fiber, body, voice, writing, and installation.

Water, rocks, and trees are repeated subjects in Wolfe’s work. Ephemeral qualities of technology and sensual aesthetics of form reimagine story telling motifs of triptych, diptych, polyptych, and merging of multiple moments into a singular frame. Literal and material focus are given to ideas of Place, Space, and the Irrespirable. Her art making runs parallel to the research field of Embodied Cognition.


Rachel Wolfe  CV
b. 1984 United States. Lives in Norway, exhibiting and working internationally.

2015 MFA, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California
2006 BA – Advertising, Illinois Institute of Art, Schaumburg, Illinois

2016 Norsk language, Oslo Voksenopplæring, Norway
2013 Social Psychology, Ehime University Matsuyama, Japan
2012 Darkroom & History of Photography, CLC, Grayslake, Illinois
2012 Yoga Certification-200hour, Akasha Yoga Center, Crystal Lake, Illinois
2003 Interior Design, Illinois Institute of Art, Schaumburg, Illinois

2016 1st Place by the Jury in the exhibition Here, There, and Everywhere: Eurasian Cities, Asia Culture Center, ACC Creation, in Gwangju, South Korea
2015 Woelffer Scholarship, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles
2014 Academic Merit Award, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles
2013 Academic Scholarship, Sociology Study at Ehime University in Matsuyama, Japan
2010 Indiana Pathways Historic Photography Contest Winner, Indiana University

2017, 2016 Forbundet Frie Fotografer
2017 UKS, Unge Kunstneres Samfund
2017 NBK, Norske Billed Kunstnere

2017 PRAKSIS Oslo: A Global State of Pareidolia 

Solo exhibitions
2017 Teknovisuell Experience, Public installation, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA
2015 Operations of Image architecture, install, Otis Grad Studios, Los Angeles, CA
2015 Making Sense, installation, Bolsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2010 Not Even But Almost, photography exhibition, The Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL

Selected group exhibitions
2016 30seconds of Lake Michigan, Now Trending at Palos Verdes Art Center, CA
2016 Omniscient, Here, There, and Everywhere: Eurasian Cities, Asia Culture Center, ACC Creation, in Gwangju, South Korea
2015 On the roof, Bolsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2014 Variations of a Whole, Bolsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2014 PhotoLA, LA Mart, Los Angeles, CA
2013 DC Fotoweek, Washington DC
2013 Robert T. Wright Gallery, College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL
2012 2Rules Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2012 My Own Wilderness, Exhibition & Publication
2011 Not even but almost, Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery, Chicago, IL
2011 Not even but almost, Photography screening- digital projection of images, Bristol, UK
2011 Life Support Japan, Wall-Space Gallery, California, United States
2011 Contemporary Portraits by women photographers, Northern Trust Bank, Chicago, IL
2010 90,000 Miles on I-90 book included in CCNY Exhibition, New York, NY
2010 Slideluck Potshow IV, temporary exhibition space, Chicago, IL
2010 Illustrated drawing, Johalla Projects Gallery, 50 Alderman/50 Artists, Chicago, IL
2010 Photographs from Jamaica, LiveBooks Impact Exhibition, online
2009 Slideluck Potshow III, temporary exhibition space, Chicago, IL
2009 Docks photograph, CreateHere Gallery, Chatanooga, TN
2008 Contemporary photographs of Chicago, Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce, Chicago, IL
1999 The Field’s Project, land design and sculpture, viewable by air, Oregon, IL

Artist talks
2014 Subtle Energy and Color: Bodily perception of visual stimulation, Otis, Los Angeles, CA
2013 The Personal and Universal: Social media and photography, CoPA Milwaukee, Walker Point Center for the Arts, Milwaukee, WI

Work experience
2009– present Contract: Photography, writing, design
2016– present LensCulture portfolio reviews
2016-2017 Otis College of Art and Design: Graduate admissions counselor
2013-2015 Otis College of Art and Design: Graduate teaching assistant
2012-2013 College of Lake County: Community exhibitions coordinator
2009-2012 Copywriting
2006-2009 Graphic Design

2014 Bound by waterSpread
2012 Espla
2010 90,000 miles on I-90

Selected press and interviews
Art Photo Index
Water Poetry Prose Feature
Humble Arts Foundation
Lenscratch:Bound By Water
Majestic Disorder Magazine
VIA Publication 02 Issue
A New Nothing
Stuart Pilkington: The Swap I II, III / Book Film Painting
10-Q Interview, Hungry Ghost Collective
Fly Over Art
Lenscratch: BackyardMother’s Day
Sweet Station
Fraction Magazine
Fine Line Magazine
Urbanautica Feature ESPLA
Lost At E Minor
Actual Colors May VaryFeature II
Pick The Brain
Chicago Magazine
New Landscape Photography
Landscape Stories 1, 23
Beautiful/Decay Magazine 1, 2.
F-Stop Magazine Issue #40, #35, #45
BlackFlash Magazine
1000 Words


Expose: The area of research my work parallels is Embodied Cognition, which is a theory of cognition expressed as encompassing the entirety of the body. I came into this field of research through studying ancient healing arts and practices, and seeing a trend in modern society towards ideological archeology of these practices for treating experiences inexplicable by modern medicine. Human experience has been studied throughout modern times in the 3 areas: cognition, perception, and emotion. Embodied Cognition seeks to restructure and contextualize previously compartmentalised study, resulting in deeper empathetic and relational understandings between Body and Vision, Space and Subjectivity, and a proposed divide between Materiality and the Metaphysical. Several authors, researchers, and philosphers have influenced my work including Dr Gabor Mate, Theodore Schwenk, Elaine Scarry. (Selected books: Sensitive Chaos, the book on Floating, more.)rachel-wolfe_becoming-as-a-tree-web-1

RachelWolfe_Oslo2014_web-15_745Turning often to a relationship with nature and a reached for objective observation through elemental subjects, I am occupied by studying the structural dynamics of trauma and creating, the methods in which historic sites created by war or devastation are memorialized, and the ways in which disembodied labor practices enable capital and subjugate life. My process involves investigating structures of knowledge production, often gathering materials and photographs as material, performing acts of translation and etymological research, to result in presentation of work through the medium which best suits the ideas presented. Nontraditional human senses as mediaries of perception alternation, such as described by Carl Jung, practicing breath regulation and intrinsic nervous system control, dream states, perception at dusk, proprioception and chronoception- or the perception of feeling through time, are used to activate meditative experiences from viewers through visual and experiential form.

I have taught in experiential formats since 2012 and worked as a photographer since 2008 in the areas of documentary, nature, portraiture, events, travel and culture, and documenting works of artists, designers and architects. I am interesting in dialogues and speaking in public forums on Development, Attribution, Sensitization, and the body’s non-visible-yet-material connections with the environment.

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