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Biography

Rachel Wolfe is a mutidiciplinary artist and photographer. She was born in 1984 alongside the Rock River and grew up across that river from a nuclear power station, in the forest between Byron and Oregon, Illinois. Her foundational practices in traditions of dance, drawing, and piano, inform intuitive work through the relationship between vision and body. Etymological, material, historic research, and personal biography influence her process. Wolfe’s interests in indigenous cultural perspectives, the function of photography, emotions as physical forces, traditional Chinese medicine, and universal themes of beauty and nature are embraced in in her sensual, visual and installation works.

Wolfe studied in areas of design, communication, social psychology, photography, art, and theory. She completed a BA in 2006 and MFA in 2015. Her work has been collected and exhibited in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Awards and scholarships are: First place by the jury, Imagining New Eurasia exhibition in Gwanju, South Korea. Woelffer scholarship, academic merit award from Otis College of Art and Design, Academic scholarship for sociology study in Matsuyama Japan, Historic Pathways winner from Indiana State University.

Rachel currently resides in Norway, and works internationally on commissioned and assignment work in photography, design, installation, and writing. She mentors 1:1 and in small group settings.