Rachel Wolfe (b. 1984, Illinois, US) is an artist in the traditional sense, meaning she has trained and developed in multiple artistic disciplines her entire life including music, dance, and representation. Water, movement, sensory experience are the themes she focuses on. Her lifelong interest in the relationship between Vision and Body marks research in prescience and epistemology, as waves of change on values and value systems are imparted by technology and engineering developments. Drawing upon visual influences from Art Nouveau and Modern Japanese Ceramics, Wolfe uses the apparatus of photography directly and as a proxy for representing experiential and memory phenomena through art mediums of image, video, and multi-media sensory experiences.
Awards & Scholarships
2015 First Place by the Jury, Imagining New Eurasia Exhibition, Gwangju, South Korea
2015 Woelffer Scholarship, Otis College of Art and Design
2014 Academic Merit Award, Otis College of Art and Design
2013 Academic Scholarship, Social Psychology, Matsuyama-shi, Japan
2009 Historic Pathways Winner, Indiana State University
Born along the Rock River and raised in the rural midwest near a nuclear power station, Rachel trained in dance, piano, and voice. She began working with cameras and drawing while studying Interior Design and Advertising, earning a Bachelor of Art in 2006. While working for 6 years in Chicagoland as a creative producer writing copy, designing, photographing for clients and local newspapers, working in galleries, she continued practice in movement and images, making books, zines, and small scale temporary works. She studied Social Psychology in Japan and photography at the college where she worked before moving to Los Angeles for Studio Art and Theory studies, working as a teaching assistant and earning a Master of Fine Art in 2015. She’s been living in Norway since then, and working as a contract writer, photographer, and art reviewer. She is developing designs, movement and meditation programs for Yoto Studio.